Ven. Omalpe Sobitha Thera urged the peaceful protesters to leave the Presidential Palace, the Presidential Secretariat, and Temple Trees as soon as the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s resignation was officially announced, in a bid to ensure the security of those locations.
The national assets, such as the Presidential Palace, the Temple Trees, and the Presidential Secretariat, which are currently in the possession of the people, he said, should be released with the resignation of the president in an environment where the expectations of peaceful protestors have been met.
“What is the point of having a security force in the country if security is not guaranteed? Security is now in the hands of the people. Maintaining this security will be difficult in the future, and unknown conspiracies may be used to destroy these important national objects. As a result, with the President’s resignation today, we respectfully request that those national resources be transferred to the normal security forces,” he said.
Meanwhile, he also requested the political parties to put aside their power struggles and work together to reach a consensus in order to address the country’s current political debacle.
He said that every Sri Lankan, including himself, believes and hopes that Rajapaksa will resign today.
Addressing the media yesterday (12), he noted with Rajapaksa’s resignation, they hope that by appointing a new Prime Minister, the demand of the entire country will be met through agitations.
“We hope that the people’s demand will be fully met by appointing a new Prime Minister before the President resigns. Following that, the country will be able to carry on with administrative activities without falling into anarchy. The people believe that appointing a new Prime Minister is necessary to resolve the current economic crisis. We are hoping it goes the same way,” he said.
By Thameenah Razeek