President Ranil Wickremesinghe says he will work Constitutionally to ensure the safety of citizens.
The President yesterday called on the Chief Incumbents of the Sri Dharmavijayaloka Viharaya in Kottawa yesterday (6).
Speaking at the occasion the Head of State said he was elected President due to the advice issued by the Maha Sangha, adding that when he was conflicted over taking up the role of Prime Minister, the Maha Sangha advised him to take up the position by putting the country first.
Citing that this is where his journey began, the President said since he took up the post he has a duty to fulfil his tasks and will work within the Constitution.
President Wickremesinghe said regardless of the personal losses he faced, he will fulfil his duties, claiming that personal losses can be addressed while the harm to the country cannot be reversed.
The President urged all parties to work within the Constitution adding that the supremacy of the people is enforced only through Parliament, the President, and the Judiciary and is not enforced by setting fire to houses, hurling stones, or through intimidation.
The President noted that the law, peace, and safety must be protected.
However, the Head of State said the most crucial issue at present is the survival of the public and uplifting the country, adding that he is currently working with these matters in mind.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe also said law and peace is required to govern a country democratically, adding it does not translate to suppression.
The President acknowledged that this is a difficult period ahead, adding that together the country can be uplifted.
However, President Wickremesinghe said an all-party governance is needed at present, and urged the Maha Sangha to call on political parties to join efforts in this regard.
The President said if we remain divided it is not the government nor the opposition that will be affected, but the Constitution and democracy and the country’s people.
President Wickremesinghe said if we work together we can build a strong Sri Lanka.