President-elect Ranil Wickremesinghe says legal action will be taken against persons who set houses on fire, and attempt to seize the Presidential Secretariat or the Prime Minister’s Office as such actions are in violation of the law and not democratic.
The President-elect said they must heed the views and suggestions of the youth in order to change the prevalent system.
Speaking to media after engaging in religious observances at the Hunupitiya, Gangaramaya Temple, after being elected the eighth Executive President of the country, Wickremesinghe said he hopes to work together with all parties within Parliament, adding that the youth and the public constantly question why Parliament cannot unite to solve the country’s issues.
President-elect Wickremesinghe said this is an important question and that this way of thinking and the current system must change while the requests of the youth must be considered.
The President-elect claimed the people’s struggle called for this change in all sectors.
President-elect Wickremesinghe said individuals with peaceful intent should be granted the freedom to express their views adding that the views of those who remain silent must also be considered.
However, President-elect Ranil Wickremesinghe reiterated that persons portraying the people’s struggle, and set fire to property, and seize state property are not working towards democracy.
The President-elect said he will support all efforts towards establishing a future for the country’s youth.
President-elect Ranil Wickremesinghe also added that the Prime Minister Constitutionally must command a majority in Parliament adding that he cannot select the individual to the post of Premier as only he represents his party in Parliament.