ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s recent acknowledgement of shortcomings in his administration is not a sign of weakness nor signals the end of the government, Media Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said.
Speaking to reporters at the weekly cabinet press briefing on Tuesday (12), Alahapperuma said the president never admitted to failure but made a humble self-criticism about unfulfilled wishes of the 6.9 million Sri Lankans who voted for him.
“This is a very democratic government. Dialogue and criticism is part are attributes of it,” the minister said.
“There were governments in this country where MPs’ resignation letters would be in the [leader’s] pocket], in dictatorial periods in which we also worked as journalists,” the journalist-turned-politician said.
“Don’t take this as a weakness or a sign of the government’s end,” he added.
Acknowledging certain shortcomings in the first two years of his tenure, President Rajapaksa on Sunday (10) reaffirmed a pledge to introduce a new constitution and a reformed electoral process in 2022.
Though it was no mea culpa, the president said he will not make excuses for any displeasure the public may be feeling.