21st November 2019 18:51:06 Hours
Hon Mahinda Rajapaksa, Leader of the Opposition and former President symbolizing the herald of a new people’s era for prosperity, reconciliation and development took reins this afternoon (21) as the new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka taking the oath of allegiance to the Constitution before the newly-elected HE Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of the country during a simple but dignified ceremony at the Presidential Secretariat.
The occasion, one of the most rare and phenomenal occurrences in our contemporary times witnessed the true spirits of solidarity, commitment to the national cause, recognition of public sentiments and their overwhelming mandate that has been thrust on both beacons of Nation’s hope, who inherit a deep-rooted legacy of political leanings of the same family in the Giriwapattuwa in the down South.
Former President Maithripala Sirisena, former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, Mrs Shiranthi Rajapaksa, Parliamentarians, Chief of Defence Staff, Army, Navy and Air Force Commanders were among distinguished participants in the swearing-in ceremony.
The packed audience of family members, well-wishers, state officials and politicians in the Presidential Secretariat rose to their feet as the nominated Prime Minister greeting everyone entered the hall, followed by HE the President, together with the Chief of Defence Staff and Tri service Commanders. The singing of the National Anthem signalled the inauguration of the proceedings. As the auspicious minute struck, the President’s Secretary Dr P.B Jayasundera handed the oath of allegiance to the incoming Premier who is taking over the mantle of Prime Ministerial power for the 3rd time in the island-nation. After the oath of allegiance to the Constitution that guarantees the unitary status of the country was read out and signed, HE the President delivered the signified document back to the new Prime Minister and wished him good luck, amid applause and warm greetings.
In the midst of pouring greetings and best wishes, the brief and historic ceremony that added a special chapter to the political history of our country came to a close, paving the way for the new Prime Minister to report to his office for assumption of duties amidst religious observances of all denominations.