Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has requested all Members of Parliament to work together true to their conscience in selecting a President who can realise the people’s expectations, setting aside corruption, party politics, and enticing MPs with money.
In a letter to all MPs the Cardinal requested the House to seize the opportunity to ensure maximum contribution in fulfilling the aspirations of the people considering it a historic moment.
The letter also states that more than two million citizens are waiting on this crucial decision for the country’s future, in a rare occasion where a President with executive powers had to relinquish power.
The Cardinal also stated there is fear among the people that the elected public representatives will reach a decision that is against the will of the people.
Cardinal Ranjith therefore questioned if self-respect and the will of the people are less important than the political power gained for a short time period.