President vows to turn around economy


Pointing out that Sri Lanka’s economy will continue to decline further this year, President Ranil Wickremesinghe said he is working to restabilise the economy in such a way that the country can overcome the crisis by 2023 to 2024.

The President said this when he called on the Maha Sangha including Most Venerable Thibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Mahanayake Thera of Malwathu Chapter on Saturday (30).

During the visit to Kandy, the President said he eagerly expects the advice and guidance of the Maha Sangha for the initiatives taken by the Government to build the country. 

Wickremesinghe also called on the Mahanayake Thera of Asgiriya Chapter, and Anunayake Theras of Malwathu and Asgiriya Chapters and the senior monks of the Karaka Sabha of Malwathu and Asgiriya and obtained their blessings.

“When I accepted the Prime Minister post, the economy was on the brink of destruction. As a country, we are in a very difficult situation right now. This year, the country’s economy will decline further. With the support of international organisations, I am working to restabilise the economy and build the economy in such a way that the country can be developed by 2023, 2024. It is a difficult task. But if you don’t do it now, it will be more difficult. We should think about whether we should try to cure the patient by giving medicine or let the patient die without giving medicine,” he said.

The President also said along with dealing with economic problems, there should be amendments to the Constitution as well.

“I read the concerns raised by Mahanayake Theras. As the President, I wish to start a new journey. I would like to get all the parties together and to form an All-Party Government with their assistance. There are two ways to do it. The first one is that we should reinstate the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Secondly, the Sectoral Oversight Committee of Parliament should be re-established. The National Assembly concept proposed by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has been considered as well.”

Wickremesinghe, who pledged to act according to the advice of the Maha Sangha, requested for assistance from them and the public.