President Gotabaya’s next challenge is to win the Minority (VIDEO)

President Gotabaya’s next challenge is to win the Minority (VIDEO)

21 November 2019 11:54 am

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's next challenge as the new President of Sri Lanka is to gain the confidence of the minority in the North and East, given thorough analysis to the outcome of the presidential election, Deshakirthi, Lankaputhra Major General Dr. Boniface Perera stressed.

Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been elected president with a majority of votes due to patriotism, whilst the minority, on the other hand, must be focused as to why they did not vote, he said. 

The President would have to find answers to the question of not being able to win the confidence of the people despite the development of the Northern Province during the Rajapaksa regime, Mr. Boniface Perera pointed out. 

"You have to look for the remedies for living as Sri Lankans with a view of promoting reconciliation and the Sri Lankan identity, instead of dividing on the basis of Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim, Catholic, Buddhist or Islam."

Maj. Gen. Dr. Boniface Perera stated that he believes that they should reach the minorities and win their hearts and minds by looking for what they need. 

Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa won the presidential election when the country was nearing anarchy, he pointed out, adding that new presidency should specifically focus on matters such as reestablishing national security, national economy, developing culture, management of foreign policy without being hindrance to sovereignty, moving forward through science and technology by allowing space for the educated, ending youth unhappiness, agriculture, and global warming.  

The government should take care of appointments to persons with professional qualifications, especially in the face of political rejection, he added.

Major General Dr Boniface Perera also congratulated the new President for the country's recovery.