Sri Lankan Buddhist priest Omalpe Sobitha Thera said that if the political parties are unable to reach consensus on the appointment of a new president, the clergy are ready to nominate five suitable civil society activists to the post. He asked party leaders to allow them to be nominated through the national list in parliament.
“The future president should be chosen by common accord of all political parties and based on national needs. We call on all political party leaders to reach a consensus, leaving behind a political power struggle. S ‘they cannot do that, we are ready to nominate five suitable civil activists for the post. In this case, we ask the party leaders to allow them to be nominated through the national list instead of five deputies,” he said, the Daily Mirror reported. He also called on protesters to evacuate the president’s house and return the premises.
“The people who had taken possession of the President’s house, the presidential secretariat and the temple trees must leave the premises after the official announcement of the President’s resignation today. There could be a threat to the safety of these people. national property because malevolent elements could destroy or vandalize it. . We ask the demonstrators to return the premises to be taken care of by the security forces,” the Dean of the Prelates added. Sri Lanka continues, Galle Face protesters invited political parties, mass organizations and trade unions opposed to the Rajapaksa regime and held talks.
The development comes after thousands of people stormed into the president’s home in Fort on Saturday. The dramatic visuals came from the Prime Minister’s official residence where they were seen playing carrom, sleeping on the sofa, enjoying the park premises and preparing food for dinner. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also announced he would step down from office amid ongoing protests. However, protesters who occupied the president’s and prime minister’s residences said they would continue to occupy their homes until they resign from office. The worsening economic situation in the country has led to growing tensions and in recent weeks there have been several reported clashes between individuals and members of the police and armed forces at gas stations where thousands desperate citizens lined up for hours and sometimes days. Sri Lanka is going through its worst economic crisis since its independence in 1948, which follows successive waves of COVID-19, threatening to undo years of development progress. The shortage of oil supply has forced schools and government offices to close until further notice. The reduction in national agricultural production, the lack of foreign exchange reserves and the depreciation of the local currency have fueled the shortages. The economic crisis will plunge families into hunger and poverty – some for the first time – adding to the half a million people the World Bank estimates have fallen below the poverty line due to the pandemic. (ANI)
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