Cardinal Malclom Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo, today called for the resignation of the President and the government, as well as the formation of a new multiparty interim administration, to resolve the nation’s crisis and bring about a total system change.
In addition, the Cardinal proposed holding an election once some level of stability had been achieved.
“On behalf of the suffering people, what I am earnestly requesting from the President and the government of Sri Lanka, is to accept their responsibility for the sad situation and step down from their positions, since they have no moral right to continue in office anymore under these circumstances and handover power back to the people without causing further suffering to the people,” the Cardinal said.
“If that happens, people will be enabled to establish a multiparty interim government in order to effect the desired total and structural system change in the manner that is credible and transparent to all. Such a short-term government will thus be expected to solve immediate problems facing the people with the guidance and instructions of a technical professional team of experts. Once the situation of this country improves, it is necessary to conduct a general election as soon as possible,” the Cardinal said in a statement,
“I also request all the political leaders in the opposition to come forward in order to free the nation and people from this situation and to work in unity and with transparency renouncing their petty political and ideological limitations,” he added.
He also stated that the biggest impediment to the country’s liberation is Rajapaksa’s continued rule, despite the fact that the majority of people have no faith in them in any way.