Sri Lankan president urges opposition to back him

Sri Lankan president urges opposition to back him
# 02 May 2010 03:43 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa urged the opposition in the country to be patriotic and back him on Saturday, APA reports citing Xinhua News Agency.

"Opposition must not disrupt economy and the good name of the country. They must think more about the country," Rajapaksa said addressing a May Day rally in the capital Colombo.

Sri Lankan President said the public had given him large mandates at elections which the opposition must appreciate.

"They must understand the public will and join hands with me," Rajapaksa said.

Rajapaksa won both the presidential election and the parliamentary election with near 60 percent of the vote.

The opposition appeared to be in disarray since the defeat in the presidential election.

Rajapaksa’s government now prepared to do quick fix of the economy which suffered from global recession and a costly military campaign against the Tamil Tiger rebels.

The opposition accused the government of doing nothing to tackle high cost of living despite the war with Tamil Tigers coming to an end a year ago.