Mahinda amazed by Sajith’s call to scrap MCC deal with Sri Lanka
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said he is amazed by Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa’s call to scrap a controversial deal with the Millennium Challenge Corporation.
The grant from the MCC to modernize the land registry, develop an advanced traffic management system and build link key roads to speed up traffic from several key farming areas became a political hot potato last year.
Sri Lanka Podujana Party activists such as Wimal Weerawansa and Udaya Gammanpila slammed the deal as a sellout to the US involving some military links which senior religious figures also opposed before elections.
Though a United National Party cabinet approved the deal before elections, current opposition leader Sajith Premadasa was going around saying the MCC should be torn up.
“Other MPs of the UNP have been making similar statements,” Prime Minister Rajapaksa said.
“I have been listening to all this with amazement.”
Rajapaksa says his stance has always been that a new government should decide whether or not to sign it.
“The President has appointed a committee to study the contents of the MCC pact that the UNP Cabinet approved last October,” he said.
“Once the findings of this Committee are available, we will inform Parliament and the general public about the course of action we intend taking with regard to this matter.
“My stand was that the decision whether to sign the MCC pact or not should be left to whoever obtains the people’s mandate at the Presidential election.”
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