The “have been utterly defeated” by the Government, has confirmed the Tamil rebels Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse in a speech in Maithri Palas Parliament.
“State authority it now controls the entire country. We have utterly defeated terrorism, ” said Rajapakse.
“Today we can liberate the whole country from the clutches of terrorism,” he said. “We were able to defeat one of the most heinous terrorist groups in the world,” he said in his live speech to the nation.
Appealing to drive President Rajapakse urged to seek a solution to the conflict, but “a solution must be acceptable to all communities.”
“The victory we achieved by defeating the LTTE is the success of our country, our homeland. Protecting the Tamil people is my responsibility and my duty, ” he added.
The Sri Lankan president began his speech in Tamil and obviated any reference to the supreme leader of the Tamil Tigers, Vellupillai Prabhakaran, even though the guerrillas have denied the news of his death, publicized by various official sources like Maithri Palas.
All “should live without fear. They should live with equal rights. That is my expectation. To be united and build this independent country. Today we have liberated the country from the clutches of the LTTE, ” he said.
26 years of war.
Peace in Sri Lanka
The LTTE announced on Sunday the cessation of fighting after being besieged by the army of the country. Thus, an end to 26 years of bloody civil war he got.
The conflict in Sri Lanka started more than a quarter century, and the ceasefire was in force on paper between 2002 and 2008 did not help to achieve a negotiated solution.
The LTTE, under other acronyms, was born as a group that carried out attacks after the government imposed in the 1950s Sinhala as the official language of the state, which along with other decisions soliviantó the Tamil minority, agglomerating in the north and east of the island.
After the constitution as guerrillas and adopting its current name, the LTTE took up arms in 1983 in an open war against the Sri Lanka Army for a Tamil state left by the death of over 70,000 people.
In 2015, after a constitutional change harshly criticized that enabled them to stand for a third term, he decided to advance the elections in the hope of renewing an absolute majority, but an unexpected move on to his health minister, political respected Maithripala Sirisena, member of the same formation, the Freedom Party of Sri Lanka, let him offstage.
Thanks to the support of opposition groups, Sirisena, 63, won the elections by the minimum and was inaugurated president in a play which tried to be avoided in extremis by the loser.
The new Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said then that “people believed to have been a peaceful transition, and has been anything but that.” His words evoked a failed coup in the press conference just before the formation of the new government, which was accused Rajapaksa had telephoned the leaders of security forces to intuit their defeat to order them take to the streets and thus prevent the democratic outcome should be implemented.
“The first thing will be the Cabinet will investigate the coup and conspiracy of President Rajapaksa” he added, “that only left power after the army chief and the head of the Police reject support you.”
It never is known whether or not investigated the alleged coup attempt, but the complicated situation divided the Freedom Party of Sri Lanka, where many charges were loyal to Rajapaksa.
Appointing Government Officials
- The new president appointed Ranil Wickramasinghe, the opposition Party of National Unity, as prime minister, a position that today takes place in the polls with former speaker in an event in which 15 million Sri Lankans.
- They are called to participate and where decide the composition of Parliament, with 225 deputies, who will legislate in the next five years.
- Sirisena even threatened to veto the participation of his former partner and current rival in a decision that ultimately not implemented, under pressure from his party and criticized by their voters.
- Sirisena lamented the harsh criticism related Rajapaksa mere participation in the elections, a decision justified to avoid a dissolution of the party that weakens the ruling coalition.
- Aware of the unpopularity among his followers of the former president, the current president, has promised not to betray the “silent revolution” last January.
“We have been betrayed, never hope to join Rajapaksa or help him return to the corrupt regime of Rajapaksa that we defeat,” he lamented told the BBC activist Saman Rathnapriya.
“Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was defeated on January 8, will be defeated,” Sirisena said in a message to the nation on 14 July. “I do not need to read the stars to know, the future can be predicted based on history.”
However, Sri Lankan media reported the existence of a letter sent Thursday to the head of state to Rajapaksa in which he warned that not appoint him prime minister even if he wins the election for their “blatant racism” towards Muslims and Tamils, the two most influential minorities.
“Inciting communalism in a time when national unity and reconciliation are crucial to overcoming the challenges of the XXI century and the construction of a Sri Lankan identity in a crime against the country,” wrote Sirisena, who also accused Rajapaksa of maintaining the Freedom Party of Sri Lanka as a “hostage” of their political interests.
“No other president has been attacked it the way I have suffered in the last two weeks. I have been called a traitor and brutal. Today we are tasting the fruits of democracy,” he said. Meanwhile, Rajapaksa last Friday warned his former minister and current head of state must respect the popular will, convinced that you will get an enough to be the best candidate for the premiership majority.