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‘President to leave no room for extremism’

President Maithripala Sirisena would leave no room for any individual or group to use the eradication of terrorism as a means to promote themselves for upcoming elections, former Southern Province Chief Minister Shan Wijayalal de Silva said.

He was addressing a group of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) activists in Ambalangoda, on Monday.

"I am confident that the President has the aptitude, vision, and courage to eradicate terrorism from the country. Easter Sunday is a sacred day for Catholics, who celebrate Jesus Christ's resurrection. I, together with the people of the Southern Province, express my deepest condolences to the families and relatives of our devout Catholic brothers and sisters who either lost their lives or were injured in the Easter Sunday attacks," de Silva said.

"We strongly condemn these acts of violence executed by religious extremists, and so does the international community," he said.

Following the Easter Sunday tragedy, President Sirisena has taken measures to rectify the issues at a number of institutions responsible for the country's defence. He summoned all political groups and religious dignitaries and held discussions on the situation in the country.

The President then came up with a strategy to eliminate the terrorists in the country, de Silva added.

De Silva said that after the security plans came into effect, the tri-forces and the police had been able to obtain vital information on the religious extremists. Many of their leaders and followers have already been arrested, he added.

President Maithripala Sirisena has made the eradication of terrorism from Sri Lanka his top priority, de Silva said.


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