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No party, person voted out in SL refused to accept results: SL responds to fmr Irish President

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In response to a comment made by former Irish President and Chair of ‘The Elders’, Mary Robinson, Sri Lanka said no party or person voted out at elections in Sri Lanka had refused to accept results. The Foreign Affairs Ministry said Sri Lankan High Commissioner in the UK, Saroja Sirisena, wrote to Mrs Robinson and the Editors of the relevant newspapers drawing attention to the inaccuracy of Ms Robinson’s comments. The article cited Ms Robinson as saying, “It is shocking to have raise concerns about US democratic process as The Elders have previously commented on volatile and undemocratic situations in states such as Kenya, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.” High Commissioner Sirisena pointed out that Sri Lanka is one of Asia’s oldest and uninterrupted democracies where people have been exercising universal suffrage since 1931 and that successive Governments in Sri Lanka have always been elected democratically at elections held in a timely manner and subsequent transfer of power has always been swift, smooth, and peaceful. “There has never been a situation in Sri Lanka 's electoral history where a party or person voted out at elections refusing to accept the people's verdict,” Ms. Sirisena said.

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