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Muslims backing President to the hilt – Fowzie

Muslims backing President to the hilt – Fowzie

The Sri Lankan Muslim community will support President Maithripala Sirisena in his move to draft a new Constitution,......said State Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation A.H.M. Fowzie.

The minister said at a media briefing yesterday that the government was firm in its decision, contrary to claims by fellow SLFP parliamentarian in the Joint Opposition, Dullas Alahapperuma.

"I heard that Minister Dullas Alahapperuma has said recently that 'there is no government' but there is a strong government and it works accordingly, there can be flaws in the system but we are trying our best to correct them," said Minister Fowzie. The government should be structured around public opinion and therein lies the significance of a true election, he added. State Minister for Highways Dilan Perera also attended the media briefing.

"The President invited us to join the Unity Government to make a change. The people who didn't join were given the freedom to criticize, so they can identify the government's shortcomings," he said, adding that this method is considered to be very useful because it highlights the problems and flaws of the government.

"Almost 90% of the Muslim population voted for Maithripala Sirisena to come to power as the leader of the country. They decided to defeat the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Their priority was their safety and to live without fears," the minister said. He added that the Party is planning to secure the votes and support of the Muslim people who voted in favour of Maithripala Sirisena being the President.

"The Muslims didn't vote because of the party, they voted for the person's character. Despite the passing of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the powers of the President were lessened. But that does not mean the President is a weak leader," he said. He added that the Muslim community trusts the President and will extend their fullest support to him to improve governance.

(Ceylon Today)

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