Netherlands Ambassador briefed on post-prez poll developments


SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem has briefed the Netherlands Ambassador Tania Gonggrip on the ongoing political initiatives involving minority political parties and civil society groups in the wake of the 2019 presidential election poll that resulted in the change of government.

The SLMC backed New Democratic Front (NDF) candidate Sajith Premadasa at the presidential poll.

Sources said that SLMC leader Hakeem also briefed her of his personal initiative to champion a Muslim Parliamentarian caucus against violent extremism in the community, for which he has received much cooperation from MPs.

This was in the wake of the Easter Sunday attacks.

Ambassador Gonggrijp paid courtesy call on Hakeem MP at his residence on Tuesday, Feb 11. Discussions centered around broader socio-political developments in the country and the issues concerning the Muslims community in particular.

Prior to this meeting SLMC Leader Hakeem met visiting European Union delegation at the same venue.

Ambassador Gonggrijp also expressed her interest in promoting women’s role and representation in Parliament and spoke on the need to encourage their participation at all levels of governance bodies. Discussion ensued on the challenges women face in many other areas such as labour market, wages and welfare in general. SLMC’s own contribution to address increasing women’s participation in electoral politics in the local bodies and other issues concerning MMDA (Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act) reforms were conveyed by SLMC Leader Hakeem. 

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