President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday declared that the victory at Thursday’s Parliamentary election was a ‘triumph of democracy’.“It is a clear restatement of the confidence the people placed in me, the ‘Mahinda Chintana’ and the UPFA at the recent Presidential Election, said President Rajapaksa commenting on the results of the General Election which gave a clear Parliamentary majority to the UPFA.
‘We are humbled by the size of the repeated mandates given by the people and pledge to respond, in full measure, to the trust placed in us,’ the President said in a statement.
“The assured majority in Parliament given by the voters encourages the Government to proceed with its policies for the strengthening of peace and reconciliation, reconstruction, greater infrastructure development, increased investment in identified areas of growth, and the overall development of the country to make it the centre of economic and social progress in South Asia”, he said.
These results, coming after the successful elections to Provincial Councils and the Presidential Election, are proof that democracy is fully in place in Sri Lanka and the commitment of our people to the democratic process, he said.
“It is now the time for peaceful celebration by those who have contributed to this victory; and the acceptance of the verdict of the ballot by those who have lost. It is also the time for all who place their trust in democracy to come together to build a new era of prosperity for Sri Lanka,” the President said.