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The Joint Opposition has charged the standstill in development of rural areas is the result of several issues being faced in the country.

Speaking at a public rally in Ambalangoda United People’s Freedom Alliance Parliamentarian Mohan De Silva said Sri Lanka standing amongst the international community has fallen deteriorated.

The MP also said the Joint Opposition will make the upcoming Local Government election an opportunity for the people to express their voice over the damage, the current government has purportedly inflicted upon the country adding that the country has been ranked 4th in the list of most corrupted countries in the world.

He claimed that the President himself claimed the country is full of thieves.

The MP stressed that President Maithripala Sirisena mentioned that swords would be used and the corrupt would be dealt with however stressed that there has been no such swinging of any swords thus far.

MP De Silva also said if the country continues to survive only by selling its national assets it will not be able to progress.