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“Our journey is not just defeating the coup, but to strengthen our democracy” : Ranil Wickremesinghe (Video)

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United National Party Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has observed that their journey is not just defeating the coup but strengthening democracy.

Wickremesinghe made this observation speaking at a seminar held at Galle Face Hotel, Colombo organized by the Professionals for Democracy titled "Constitutional Coup and the Repercussions'’. During his address, he said:

“This is not my problem, it is the President’s problem; he is trying to kick Parliament in the teeth & carry on. There are only 225 Members in Parliament, and he is saying he will not listen to their opinion … This is what he is trying to do. A country should work according to the Constitution, and a democratic country should work according to democratic principles.

The country is not governed by the President. It is ruled by the Government and the Cabinet. The Government is managed through the decisions of the Cabinet, which works on collective responsibility. So how can he ignore the opinion of Parliament? Now he is publicly saying that he doesn’t need Parliament and is going against the Constitution. This fight is not over from there, this is not just about one personality. We have to safeguard the independent institutions more.

The citizens of this country have spoken out against the childish behaviour of MPs in the House. I propose that a new Parliament is needed. We have to listen to the voice of the people and punish the MPs who misbehaved recently. The President seems to be ignoring the legislature. If that is the case we will scrap the executive presidency through a referendum. A new Parliament could help achieve this goal.

We have moved towards preserving democracy and towards safeguarding the constitution. The judiciary has also moved towards the same. This is not sufficient as we have to move towards scrapping the executive presidency by a referendum. We need the support of all the professionals to achieve this.

President Sirisena dedicated his entire speech at the special Sri Lanka Freedom Party convention to speak of me, not the founder of the party S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike. I was called a political curse, I was ridiculed, criticized and scolded. I reject all of that. I will give a reply thorough my culture.

Jathaka tales teach us on how not to be deterred by adverse comments. Lord Buddha had taught us not to internalize undue criticism. When a Brahman came and scolded Buddha, he asked the Brahman what he does when a guest who visits his home and food offered is rejected. Brahman replied that he will take it, so the Buddha told the Brahman, I didn’t scold, you scolded me, I didn’t insult, you insulted me, I didn’t find fault, but you found fault with me, Brahman all that is for you, it is yours to keep. I don’t say anything more to the President.

As Lord Buddha rejected the brahman Akkosaka's scolding and curses I will also reject the President's criticism. I will also not accept the criticism and ridicule from President Sirisena. I will not scold him or criticize him and he can take back all that he has said thereafter.”

 

 

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