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Sri Lankan president stresses stability in manifesto launch

EconomyNext – Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa stressed on the stability brought to the country with his defeat of Tamil Tiger separatists and subsequent massive infrastructure drive when he presented his election manifesto Tuesday.

"We can talk of good governance today only because we defeated terrorism," Rajapaksa declared.

A vote for him at the poll on January 8, 2015 would be a vote for progress with stability, he said, adding that otherwise the nation could fall back into instability.

Rajapaksa ruled out privatising government sector businesses, saying his regime had strengthened the state sector which now employs 1.4 million people in the island with a population of just over 20 million.

He said he ushered in era of freedom and development with the defeat of Tamil Tiger separatists in 2009 and subsequent infrastructure building boom that has given the people new ports, airports, power plants and roads.

"I delivered peace in four years," Rajapaksa said. "Today, 98 percent of people have access to grid electricity."
That compared with less than half when he was first elected as president in 2005.