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Friday, 26 January 2018 - 10:07
President talks about his political future
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President Maithripala Sirisena says that he has not yet decided whether he would contest at the next Presidential Election.

The President said this speaking to the heads of media institutions at the President House in Fort this morning (Jan. 26).

President Sirisena said that today he works to fulfil the responsibilities vested upon him and that would engage in politics for the rest of his life whether he would contest or not.

The President expressing views on his statement on the Central Bank bond report, he said that he made that statement after it was accurately summarized by a team of experts.

Speaking further, he stated that he resigned from the previous regime to contest the Presidential Election, as he was against fraud and corruption which he was witnessing at that time.

He noted in the two months into the formation of the new Government, the Central Bank heist occurred.

President Sirisena said that he had taken adequate measures to deal with the Central Bank bond scam.

He stated that a clan of white-collar thieves has been grouped to resist the measures.

The President insisted that there is need to establish non-corrupt organizations to take actions against corrupt individuals.

President Maithripala Sirisena expressed views on the country’s economy as well.

He said that 10 trillion rupees were borrowed during the previous regime and assets valued at just 1 trillion rupees are left.

President said that nobody knows what happened to the balance Rs. 9 trillion.

The President also revealed a trend in which the money meant for government coffers are being diverted to the private sector after the new government came to power.

The President told the heads of media institutions that he has evidence to prove that certain powerful groups within the government have allegedly influenced such operations.

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