UNP Leader Wickremesinghe says it would take 20 years for SL to become ‘a developed state’

Sri Lanka could be turned into a developed state if it is operated under a policy framework for twenty years, said Leader of the United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremesinghe, speaking to an online discussion held on the occasion of the 115th birthday of late President J.R. Jayawardena.

Despite the changes in the political parties and individuals within the framework over time, the operation itself should be functional without any change, he emphasised.

Sri Lanka, accordingly, will be consuming a period of two decades to become a developed state, he went on, adding that although it would be difficult pass the first five years, it would be a strong leap forward

The country could become a great state by 2048, had such a policy is implemented, he noted.

“Today, people are fed up with politics. They are tired of every party. Much criticism. No options. They always say that the government lies and does not work. If we are to face this, we must fist implement a policy framework of twenty years. It should be backed by a legal basis. It should be developed as an iron frame. All parties should be working in that frame. Faces may change, so may individuals. But the basic principals do not. As we reach the century of independence by 2048, we will be able to establish a great Sri Lanka, if we are to continue like that for 20 years,” Wickremesinghe said.

Responding to a query on whether the country needs an executive presidency, the UNP Leader added: “Many believe that the Prime Ministerial System in Parliament would be ideal. As a Premier is appointed, there should be a fixed term. If the Prime Minister is no longer needed, may a Parliament Election be carried out. Such a fixed system should be implemented.”

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