The Sunday Leader

“I Hope To Be Executive Prime Minister” – Ranil

  • After The Next General Election
  • In An Executive Cabinet

By Frederica Jansz

Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said he hopes to function as Executive Prime Minister, after the next general election is held.  Answering questions as to what exactly his role would be or how he stood to gain in the event of General Sarath Fonseka winning the January 26 presidential election, Wickremesinghe responded saying, “I have functioned before as Executive Prime Minister in an Executive Cabinet and I hope to do so again.”

This, he said, would of course be subject to the General winning the forthcoming presidential election.

Wickremesinghe added there were three main issues on which he stood to gain if the General were to be elected as the next president of Sri Lanka.  “The first would be to establish democracy. Second, to install a parliamentary system of government, which will have a majority of UNP MPs. Third, I hope to function as Executive Prime Minister.”

Quizzed on why the United National Party for the first time in its entire history has fielded a presidential candidate outside the party, Wickremesinghe responded, “We have not fielded someone outside the UNP. We are merely supporting General Sarath Fonseka, in order to abolish the Executive Presidency, as the JVP are doing, despite a whole lot of ideological differences with the UNP.  We are all committed to the same cause.  To restore democracy in this country.”

Wickremesinghe asserted that he is confident General Fonseka will garner considerable votes from the Tamil and Muslim minority parties too.  “We have agreed on a ten point plan for the future of Sri Lanka – a country with a vision which would include the resettlement of IDPs, dealing with all those homeless since 1983 and all those under detention without charge.”

Asked if the General would not require the office of Executive President to eradicate corruption – which has been Fonseka’s battle cry since he began running for president – Wickremesinghe said, “We have agreed even after the Executive Presidency is abolished the General should head a council that will monitor the anti corruption drive.”  This Council, Wickremesinghe asserted, should be non partisan and representative of all members in society including the opposition and civil society.

Responding specifically to the question on what role exactly the General would play if the Presidency is abolished Wickremesinghe said, “He will head this council.”

326 Comments for ““I Hope To Be Executive Prime Minister” – Ranil”

  1. R. Perera

    It is obvious that MR has bought Fedrika Janz. Credibility lost darling.

    • cybersri

      Beggers can’t be choosers… Fedrika wanted to destroy Gotabaya but it seem to back fire on SF.. This is a newspaper without a moral..they would do anything to keep afloat. This news paper is the US equalent of FOX News. This people would destroy a country to make some bucks..
      Federika seriously, are you thinking of selling the SF audio tape for LTTE diaspora… You might do that too because these people are known traitors of the country for many years…

      • pragathi

        man i am so glad u said that…This paper has no moral values, i agree totally.. this is what afreed upon by many of my frriends..This paper even will sell their mothers..u cannont accept any substance than lies lies

    • indunil

      Yes dear readers, rad the new article in http://www.lankaenews.com/English

      you can see the new conspiracy between Fedrica and government

  2. P.L.J.B.Palipana

    Dear Editor,
    Please maintain ‘Law and Ethics” in your valuable Profession as other EDITORS in Divaina,the Island,Daily Mirror, Sunday Times and Lakbima. Don’t sling mud on our Professional Soldiers such as Hon.SF,Major general Shavendra Silva ete as we wish to see our fully Professional Militory in the high calibre world standards. Be very careful when you reporting and be exemplary to other young journalists.
    P.L.J.B.Palipana, P.Eng
    SURREY,BC,CANADA

  3. Keeth Abeywardena

    Federica has killed the tiger leaders ?

    • යු එන් පී මෝඩයා

      ඈ බං, ජෙනරලයා අපේ රනිල් මහත්තයාට දෙයිද?

  4. Saman

    Runil W. is a traitor of Srilanka. He was the one who went around the world especially the Norwagians begging them to stop the war at a decisive stage. He was paid well with LTTE blood money. Runil is so damn corrupt when his uncle JR was in power. Those guys along with thugs were stealing oil from Sapugaskanda oil refinery pipeline. While in power in 2001, he turned a blind eye against LTTE and they became so strong. His policies should directly account for over 6000 solders lost in the Elam IV war. He is a traitor of Srilanka. His party UNP degraded our war heros in crucial time saying “solders have not gone to Madawachichiya …but gone to pamankada”. He need to be tried for treason not executive prime minister.

  5. Sasanka

    Fedreca is doing a disgusting job carrying out the government’s agenda. Leader no longer has any credibility

    • cybersri

      Fedrika is the Madusa. What ever she put her eyes on dies… You haven’t got the point Sasanka , what she wanted was to destroy Gotabaya by the international community.. She still got the tape that can be use to black mail government or SF. Fedrika has no respect to SF.. Check her older reports 100% anti SF,100% anti MR,100% anti Srilanka

    • namal

      Ranil Wickrmasingha who is one destroy UNP.He will never give up the leadership to appoint a good leader who will be honured by the people of the country.RW like to stay as Oposition leader who only will be received prvilages such as Office,Forgn trips,money etc,
      RW does not want to come rule of the country.He satisfy with leader of the opposistion.UPFA will get chance rule this country another 25 years beceause of the RW.RW is the assest for them to easy win every election even in this this time.”THAMANGE PARALEY AYIN KARA GANNA BEFORE POINT TO OTHERS’

  6. Adi

    I never thought to vote for S.F even he was a brave soldier led the war against terror, due to his Coalition with unholy clan of R.W, Mangala, Mano & Hakeem. Indeed I had no intention to vote or promote M.R. due to different issues. (Still it’s unchanged)
    But now the things develop at Fonseka’s side, insisting me to vote for M.R. to prevent and to show my disagreement with them, betraying the Nation. This is really pity & horrible- Yes Mr. Fonseka. U are no different from others now. U really disappointed me- Gen. Fonseka is dead. R.I.P.

  7. Shan

    Stop publishing fake stories Fredrica,you are a disgrace to journalism and you have ruined the image of Sunday Leader… The board will sack you very soon

    • Eddi

      Does it hurt…when things are not going ur way………..Sahan?…….Don’t U think maybe RW don’t want to see SF to come to the power?

  8. යු එන් පී මෝඩයා

    ඇත්තටම ජෙනරාල්ට ගන්න තිබුනෙ හංසයා නෙවෙයි මාලුවා, මොකද දන්නවද
    මාලුවා නහින්නෙ කට හින්ද!!!

  9. Mendis

    Federica, just carry on with the good work. You are doing just fine. A leader cannot succumb and will not succumb. The truth must prevail and it certainly will.

  10. Both UNP and JVP didn’t want to contest for the Presidency this time because they knew they would lose by a big margin if contested. Recent PC election results and the failure of push for strikes had shown the trend. So the UNP and JVP jointly pondered about putting forward a common candidate. After pondering of two Saraths they decided General as the better Sarath to be their guinea pig. And for his part the General Sarath had forgot about all that degrading remarks made by RanilW and company a few months back and accepted the common candidacy.
    If Generals are known to be hard nuts, General Fonseka is known to be a ruthless nut. If RanilW and company think they could be the puppeteers of a hardnosed General then they are sadly mistaken. Only fools would expect President Fonseka (hypothetical) to transfer his executive powers to the parliament. The LTTE apologist Mano Ganeshan is mistaken if he thinks the General will give Eelamists what LTTE could not. Same goes for Taliban sympathiser Rauf Hakeem. They should remember the General is not used to taking petty orders from pokey people like them but giving tough missions to hard people.
    Let there be no doubt both President Rajapakse and General Fonseka are patriots with equal fervour. I offer the General my greatest admiration for beating LTTE and killing all its leaders, en-masse. But the General must understand that we do not worry who killed or who ordered them to be killed.
    What matters for us is there are no terrorists anymore and no bombs being exploded anywhere in our country. We are safe and we move about without fear. That is why we should not utter one word against those that killed the killers. Politics is another matter. Whoever wins the Presidency on 27th January 2010; we are sure, the process of eliminating the remnant of the separatists should proceed.
    The General should control his tong. He should not mix his personal animosities against Rajapakse brothers with his international business. International Community, NGOs, INGOs, and the Christian Evangelists are sharks. UNP is a part and parcel of the sharks. They will take the General for a bite after he loses the elections.
    Trying to implicate Rajapakse brothers with war crimes is a stupid move on Fonseka’s part. Such efforts do not absolve the General of any complicity to crimes that he talked about. Trying to complicate Major General Shavendra Silva and Secretary for Defence Rajapakse to war crimes only shows the stupidity of the Presidential aspirant – Fonseka.
    It certainly has reduced the votes of patriots in his favour if any. It only gives hope to the so-called human rights clique. They must be laughing.
    International community (IC) must have cajoled Fonseka to do what they want, but they should know that they will lose this time as well. Most international papers portray that nationalist vote is divided 50-50 and therefore Fonseka could win the Presidency. That’s not the true picture here in the village where I live.
    Both SF and RanilW may have collected their big cheques from IC. By now lesser WOGS may have collected theirs spoils as well. It looks as if they are all hanging on to most of it without spending. Why waste what they got when the outcome is clear, could be their motto.
    I am yet to find someone who had voted for Rajapakse’s party at the last PC election that has since abandoned them. Right now, staunchest UNP supporters are dead silent. Whether they will vote or not is not yet clear. I have been looking among the UNPers in my village to place a bet against Fonseka winning the Presidency. But there were no takers. That means he is already lost.

  11. rajapakonseka

    Think if RanilW and MangalaS , were a couple who would be the ” Man ” in the relationship?

    • Punnakku Bandara

      Scientifically it has been proven that there is a woman in every man by the X Chromosome. The same applies in the English language in the word “WO(MAN)”. So if you want to find out for sure as to who the “Man” is, I suggest you try like “Crocodile Dundee” by using your own hand and feeling for their precious assets. Good luck “Rajapako……” and keo us all informed of your result in your social experiment. The SLFP did not have the “Attha” for nothing, PUTHA!!!

  12. Ajith Wijewardena

    Well i dont think General will win to fullfil this mad man’s (Ranil) dream.
    It will be unfortunate if the people cant see right from wrong and give General the mandate which he knows nothing of and be the puppet of the bunch of corrupt UNP lot.We know too well of what happened to Sathosa.
    Even the General himself wants all the power he can get and be the dictator he always was.He has got enough money from the Tamil diaspora (200 Million) and manymore from US to help in conspirising against Mahinda.
    Hope people can get this right this time for the sake of the sake of the future.

  13. izzy

    To make comments in the Sunday Leader, one should be pro-Mahinda, otherwise one would be black listed from making further comments!!

  14. Karu

    But Anura Kumara says that he will give the PM post to me.I am washing my only shirt for it.

  15. HLANGL

    An executive prime minister should be elected by a separate election, I guess. Not from the parliament elected by general election I mean, since the prime minister appointed by the parliament, like the one SL had upto ’77, should be responsible to the parliament. Also I’m not sure whether there’s any country having an executive prime minister & (even a non-executive) president at the same time. The general way in a country having a non-executive president, is to have a prime minister who’s appointed by the parliament sohe should be responsibel to the parliament. “I have functioned before as Executive Prime Minister in an Executive Cabinet and I hope to do so again.” Rubbish … In the current system, there’s no room for this. Unless the President willingly delegates his or her powers, the prime minister cannot perform any executive action. Last time when

  16. HLANGL

    An executive prime minister should be elected by a separate election, I guess. Not from the parliament elected by general election I mean, since the prime minister appointed by the parliament, like the one SL had upto ’77, should be responsible to the parliament. Also I’m not sure whether there’s any country having an executive prime minister & a (even a non-executive) president at the same time. The general way in a country having a non-executive president, is to have a prime minister who’s appointed by the parliament so he should be responsible to the parliament. “I have functioned before as Executive Prime Minister in an Executive Cabinet and I hope to do so again.” Rubbish to say the least … In the current system, there’s no room for this. Unless the President willingly delegates his or her powers, the prime minister is helpless & cannot perform any executive action. Last time when Mr. Wickramasinghe bacame the prime minister, then president Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunge delegated some powers to him as the mandate was with UNP by then. Still one must remember that this was just the delegation of certain powers to the prime minister. She kept some vital sections (i.e. Defence, Finance, etc.) under her authority even by then, & in fact Mr. Wickramasinghe initially faced some issues in naming few ministerial portfolios. In the end the President used all her executive powers to dissolve the parliament in 2004. If Ranil Wickramasinghe enjoyed executive powers by then, why couldn’t he prevent that ??? “We are merely supporting General Sarath Fonseka, in order to abolish the Executive Presidency,…” How this can be decided in a presidential election ? The only way to abolish the current system is by gaining 2/3 in the parliament. How can a opposition leader says this kind of nonesense, especially one having his higher education in the field of law ? This is either the stupidity of him or the mere ignorance in oder to make others fool. It’s because of this kind of stupid, nonsense & immature political leadership that the current government is heading with all their band wagon amidst all the corruption. One, especially a nalitional level politician such as Mr. Wickramasinghe, must get the facts right before making such serious comments. Otherwise his comments would become nothing but ridiculous, will only help sinking the opposition of SL to zero thus giving the government the monopoly. Neither Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe nor his goverment may be pure & perfect. True they have achieved one remarkable milestone by finishing the long lasted war in the country. But the immature behaviour of the opposition will only give Mr. Rajapakshe & his goverment the luxury of being safe without any competition at least, which means they would end up having the monopoly to do whatever in the remaining years in the office as they clearly know no alternative exists for the people of this country other than them. That trend can be detrimental, but the current behaviour of the opposition seems like only fuelling it up.

  17. Oscar

    Ranil Maha raja thumaneni, Raja Putuwata Wandinu sekwa!!!!! Kirula himi Ranil raja’ta jaya wewa. SF ta jayaen jaya wewa. Anagatha Janadipathita Jaya wewa.

  18. Mr. Ranil.This is not a time for you to talk Executive power.First go to inside party disscuss this matter.They making fool

    Yehiya

  19. Gon Aliya

    Nice plan hope it will work stupid Ranil !

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