Every minute you protest; we lose dollars – PM

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says every minute protests are staged in the country; Sri Lanka loses the opportunity to obtain dollars.

In his address to the nation the Premier said it is the responsibility of all individuals, prior to enforcing development, to uplift the country from its present state.

The Prime Minister said the country at this point of time needs the people’s patience.

Premier Rajapaksa said his family and himself have heard many insults in the recent past, adding they can bear all such insults.

However, the Premier called for security forces and Police not to be harmed, who are engaged in their duties and reminded the public to be grateful as they are able to freely walk about due to a country being secure by the forces.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa added despite the present crisis in the country political parties representing Parliament failed to come together to seek solutions.

The Premier claimed party politics must be set aside and steps must be taken to prioritise the strengthening of the economy. Therefore, the Prime Minister said the government will provide solutions.

Premier Rajapaksa added the government constructed roads not for people to stand in queues and constructed ports not for fuel shipments to be held at ports without being able to make dollar payments.

The Premier claimed when many individuals succumbed to COVID-19 world over, Sri Lanka constructed facilities to house patients and provided all necessary medication as well.

The Prime Minister said many measures were taken to safeguard the people.


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