The release of Tamil Political prisoners held for more than 15 years on suspicion of helping LTTE was an election pledge and the government was only honouring git, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa told the media in Kandy on Thursday.
Rajapaksa was in Kandy to pay his homage to the sacred tooth relic and call on the prelates of Malwatte and Asgiriya, where he played his usual racist statements to gain the support of the Buddhist leaders.
The ex-president who lost to a unknown member of his ministries was in Kandy after attending religious observances in Anuradhapura the previous day to mark his 70th birthday.
He met Anunayaka Thera of Malwatte Ven. Dr. Niyangoda Sri Vijithasiri and Deputy Secretary General of Asgiriya Maha Vihare and Director of Asgiriya Maha Vihara Pirivena in the absence of Mahanayaka Theras of the two chapters. As usual he played the Racist Card to show the Buddhist Monks that he cared for Buddhism and wanted to turn Sri Lanka in to a Buddhist State.
Subsequently, responding to questions from the media Rajapaksa said that as far as he was aware the government was not keen to abolish the executive presidential system. Mahinda Rajapakshe had promised to abolish the executive presidential system if he was elected as the President before the 2005 election but refused to abolish the presidency as he fell in love of the power. His family members and his cabinet Ministers are accused of growing from dust to become millionors during his presidency period of office from 19 November 2005 to 9 January 2015.
A lawyer by profession, Rajapaksa was first elected to the Parliament of Sri Lanka in 1970, and he served as Prime Minister from 6 April 2004 until his victory in the 2005 presidential election. He was sworn in for his first six-year term as President on 19 November 2005. He was re-elected for a second term on 27 January 2010. He was so much in love of power he changed the constitution of the country so that he can contest for the third time playing his Racist policies on Muslims, Christians and Hindu Tamils. But he was defeated in his bid for a third term in the 2015 presidential election by his cabinet minister Maithripala Sirisena and left office on 9 January 2015.
Several months after leaving office, Rajapaksa’s power hungry did not allow him to retier He wanted to become the Prime Minister of the country but his close associates mostly of Sinhala Racists and thugs and crooks were unable to get the public support and he was elected as Member of Parliament for Kurunegala District.