President Maithripala Sirisena said he will ensure decisions taken by him, either as the leader of the country or the chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom party will not harm the transformation occurred in the country on January 8. He added that he would not allow anybody to rverse that process.
While noting that the public on January 8, had carried out a "silent revolution" for freedom and democracy, the President assured that he will always be committed to safeguard the peoples' victory.
The President made these comments on Saturday at a ceremony to launch the construction of the Matara-Hambantota segment of the Southern Expressway.
President Sirisena said that he will ensure "good governance" and will not allow the family rule, corruption and the reign of terror to return.
Speaking at a public event for the first time after Friday's announcement that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be given nomination to contest the forthcoming general election under the UPFA ticket, the President said, "I will not let anyone reverse the expectations people placed in the transformation which occurred on January 8".
The President went on to say that the new government would not take decisions on development initiatives just to boost the personal image of anyone but would make a collective determination depending on the people's requirements.
The President said that after the new government came to office it has garnered international support all round and assured that its relationship with China which funded the Southern Expressway will go forward with new impetus. UNP General Secretary and Highways Minister Kabir Hashim, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Mahinda Amaraweera, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Southern Province Chief Minister Shan Wijeyalal de Silva, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yi Xianliang and several other politicians and senior state officials were also present.