Sri Lanka president asks Tamils to re-elect him as he is a ‘known devil’ who killed more than 100,000 of their next of skins and now refuses to let the Tamils remember their next of skins as they were killed by his army.
Sri Lanka’s embattled President Mahinda Rajapaksa has urged minority Tamils to back him in next week’s election, calling himself the “known devil,” as he made a final push for votes in the country’s former war zone.
While he remains popular among ethnic majority Sinhalese voters, Rajapaksa is widely detested by members of the country’s biggest minority after overseeing the brutal crushing of a 37-year Tamil rebellion in which his army is accused of killing of more than 170,000 Tamils.
- His Army is accused of killing More than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in month of May 2009 alone.
- His forces killed more than 1000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with White Flags after UN negotiated the surrender.
- Thousands of young girls were raped by the Army.
- The Northerners are under unofficial military rule by the ‘known Devil’ Rajapaksha.
- Mahinda promised to implement more than the 13th amendment to the world leaders if he is allowed to kill the Tamil Civilians and the LTTE Leaders in May 2009. Hence the World leaders turned a blind eye to the killing not knowing that Rajapaksha was a racist and a person who never keeps his promises. Now Rajapaksha refuses even to implement the 13th amendment of the countries current constitution which gives some power to minorities.
The main Tamil party has already endorsed Rajapaksa’s chief rival Maithripala Sirisena in the January 8 election but the incumbent told voters in the northern Jaffna region that he was committed to improving their livelihoods, pointing to improvements in infrastructure.
“This is my 11th visit to Jaffna as president,” Rajapaksa, who has been in power for nearly a decade, told a rally. “The devil you know is better than the unknown angel,” he said in Sinhala, speaking through a translator. “I am the known devil, so please vote for me.”
The 69-year-old, who is South Asia’s longest-serving leader after coming to power in 2005, then listed a series of infrastructure projects that had been completed since the end of the Tamil separatist conflict in 2009.
“We gave you electricity, we gave you new schools and now we want to give you proper water supplies,” he said, in a region that was devastated by the separatist conflict. A Widow said it was like saying ”I killed your husband your son, now I will give you Electricity, Schools and water so be my mistress” He is insulting us by asking us to vote for him.
Rajapaksa had been due to inaugurate the latest stretch of a reopened rail link from Colombo to Jaffna but he canceled his plans at the last minute, leaving his transport minister to do the honors.
Tamils account for around 13 percent of the 15 million people entitled to cast their ballots next Thursday and their choice of candidate could be crucial to the outcome of what is shaping up to be a tight contest. The minorities Vote may be decision making in the election on the 8th January.
Rajapakse had been the clear favorite but a series of defections by allies, including his one-time health minister Sirisena, have thrown the contest wide open and the president now needs every vote he can muster.
Although the economy has been growing at rates of around seven percent in the post-war era, many voters say that Rajapaksha family members and ruling party MP’s and their cronies have been the only ones to really benefit.