Foreign powers interfered in 2015 Prez polls - PM

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today (28) claimed that foreign powers interfered in the 2015 Presidential election.

Mentioning a series of incidents that has happened since the Good Governance government swept into power in 2015, he said, "If the yahapalana cabal had won the 2019 presidential election, they would have implemented all this and finished off Sri Lanka. We need a very strong mandate at this election to conclusively defeat these conspiracies.
You will recall that at the end of 2018 when the yahapalana government began to break up, diplomats of certain Western embassies sat in the visitor’s gallery in Parliament and applauded and cheered the yahapalana Speaker’s efforts to protect their investment. We must bear in mind that even though the conspirators lost the presidential election, they have not given up their quest."

The PM was speaking on the topic "Defeating domestic and foreign conspiracies against Sri Lanka."

Mentioning the views raised by with regard to the recent statement of former LTTE leader - Vinayagamurthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman, the PM said, "Karuna may have given up murdering people, but the yahapalana cabal has not given up trying to divide the country."

Mentioning the government's response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the PM said, "The biggest problem that we had to face after President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa came into power was the Covid-19 pandemic. What is politically important is whether that major issue was handled competently. I wish to state that we are right on top in the world in controlling Covid-19. Even New Zealand is behind us."