Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith and Ven. Omalpe Sobitha Thera today (12) objected to the claims regarding Ranil Wickremesinghe’s appointment as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
Speaking at a joint press conference this evening, the religious leaders noted that this appointment is not the solution being demanded for by the people, adding that those currently suffering deserve a legitimate solution, not another scheme to protect the Rajapaksa’s.
Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith further noted that an unbiased and independent individual must be appointed instead, adding that the Mahanayake Theras too, had requested for the same.
Adding that the ongoing crisis cannot be solved by leaders of current political parties, the Cardinal noted that the a complete system overhaul is what is required at the moment.
“People want a person with reputed integrity, not someone who has been thrown out of power and politically defeated”, he said.
Ven. Omalpe Sobitha Thera also regarded the move as one that purely disregarded the requests of the Mahanayake Theras regarding the establishment of an Interim Government, accusing the President of failing to understand the ‘needs of those on the ground’.
Moreover, he suggested that the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) bring forward a non-partisan person to Parliament.