Mahinda says Sri Lanka should not sign MCC deal before elections

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka should not sign the Millennium Challenge Corporation grant of 480 million US dollars though available information seems to indicate it is to do with land reform and road development, opposition leader Mahinda Rajapsaksa has said.

If Sri Lanka is going to sign the deal, it should be done after the Presidential elections, he said.

“The information available indicates that this agreement has to do with road development and land reform,” Rajapaksa said.

“However the government has not taken any steps to explain what exactly this entails and what its impact will be on the country.

“The contents of this proposed agreement are not known even to parliamentarians let alone the general public. Before this agreement is signed, its text should be made public, and presented to Parliament and debated.”

“It is now just over two weeks to the presidential elections. We wish to stress in the strongest possible terms that no agreement should be hurriedly signed with a foreign government just days before a decisive presidential election.

“Any such agreement should be signed if at all, only after the presidential election.”

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