“You placed your trust in me as the President of the SLFP. The people placed their trust in me as the common candidate at the Presidential Election in 2015. I did not take the chairmanship of the SLFP by force. The central committee of the party invited me. In the last two years, I succeeded in gradually transforming it to a pure democratic party and I thank the senior leaders who extended support to me in this endeavor,” he said. The President also said that an intelligent, knowledgeable, able, creative and skilled workforce is needed to develop a country.The Government has declared as a policy to introduce 84 days of maternity leave which is currently given to public servants should also be extended to the private sector as well as female shop employees, the President said. (Colombo Gazette) He said that as the trade union leaders pointed out the working class received many benefits and privileges during the last two years and added that the SLFP is a political party that always listen to the genuine demands of the workers as a party that represents the working class of the this country. “The SLFP policy is to strengthen indigenous producers, workers, peasants, fishermen and other sections of the working class,” he said.Emphasizing on the need for communal amity and harmony, President Sirisena said “We cannot build a peaceful country by suppressing other communities.If somebody thinks about his own community, forgetting the other communities, this country cannot be built as a prosperous and peaceful country. How much of our unique Sri Lankan feeling was beautifully displayed in the 1940s when we fought for independence? Our Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim leaders fought against the British rule and won the freedom with unity with each other. But after that they separated for power”. President Maithripala Sirisena said the largely attended and successful Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) May Day rally in Kandy is a boost to the victorious forward march of the SLFP-led leftist progressive forces in the country.He vowed to transform the SLFP into a pure, corrupt-free, progressive and democratic political force. He pointed out that in the past the SLFP was burdened with corruption and malpractices.

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