Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malclom Ranjith today called for the resignation of the President and the government and to form a new multiparty interim administration to resolve the crisis in the nation and to bring in a total system change.
Also the Cardinal proposed holding an election once some kind of stability is achieved.
“On behalf of the suffering people, what I am earnestly requesting from the President and the government of Sri Lanka, is to accept their responsibility for the sad situation and step down from their positions, since they have no moral rights to continue in office anymore under these circumstances and handover power back to the people without causing further suffering to the people,” the Cardinal said.
“If that happens, people will be enabled to establish a multiparty interim government in order to effect the desired total and structural system change in the manner that is credible and transparent to all. Such a short term government will thus be expected to solve immediate problems facing the people with guidance and instructions of a technical professional team of experts. Once the situation of this country improves, it is necessary to conduct a general election as soon as possible,” the Cardinal said in a statement,
“I also request all the political leaders in the opposition to come forward in order to free the nation and people from this situation and to work in unity and with transparency renouncing their petty political and ideological limitations,” he added.
Also he said the biggest obstacle for the liberation of this country are the Rajapaksa's continuance to stay in power in spite of the majority of people not reposing any trust in them in any way.(Yohan Perera)
On behalf of many Catholics, would like to request out Cardinal, Please shut up and keep out of politics like the Mahanayakes.
Vadivelu Yogaratnam Wednesday, 06 July 2022 01:58 AM
Sri Lankans politicians never ever quit because they're in to make much money as they could for their next two or three generations.
Lalith de Alwis Wednesday, 06 July 2022 02:55 AM
While this is the common sense approach to a lasting resolution, it is unlikely to materialise for two reasons. One, the Rajapaksa family will work hard, using all their ill-gotten wealth, to prevent it because it would mean that they will lose even the little power they now have and that could mean that they will never regain any power at all. The other is that Parliament is now full of members who have no understanding of the precarious position which the country is now in and the need to find a solution to it. Their only concern still is personal enrichment and that would not be possible in an equally divided government because each division within the government will police the other divisions from engaging in corrupt practices. All opportunity to make money will be lost and the incentive to be a parliamentarian would evaporate. And so, it will not happen even if all the religious leaders were to ask for it.
Veluppillai Thangavelu Wednesday, 06 July 2022 04:16 AM
Can the Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith tell us what factor(s) caused the current economic meltdown? The root cause of the problem is total discrimination and marginalization of ethnic and religious minorities, notably the Tamils. Every government since independence have exploited race and religion to capture power and stay in power. Unless we restore rule of law, equality and democracy there is no future. The country is doomed to failure.
Gotaimbara Wednesday, 06 July 2022 06:53 AM
But the grinning fool sees the sun going down and the sore eyes in his head, sees the world spinning round!
Anne Karunaratne Wednesday, 06 July 2022 07:56 AM
Well said Chumley, it is high time the Cardinal shut his mouth. As far as we know the Rajapakses were his friends before!!
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