Jan 12, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says he does not wish to remain in the top office forever and he is ready to go home at any moment.
Addressing a public rally in Akuressa today (Jan. 12), President Sirisena said no one should be disturbed by the request he made to the Supreme Court and he is ready to leave his position as president accepting the Supreme Court ruling on the duration of his term with respect and bowing down to the democracy.
The President explained that with the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, there were two points of view regarding the duration of his term.
"I questioned the Supreme Court, not about the number of years I am serving as President, but the 19th Amendment presented two views in the society on the present President's tenure," he said.
He said the wrong image created in the world about Sri Lanka had to be changed. Meeting the leaders of the world face to face, established confidence in democracy and convinced them that Sri Lanka is a place where democratic freedom is assured.
"This was done by taking the powers of the two principal political parties through consideration. These world leaders were requested to collaborate in strengthening the Sri Lankan government so the people will have better lives," he said.
"The President in the past wailed about international judges and the threats that the country could and will face. First of all it has to be removed. Now our country is known as a responsible democracy where it does not need any foreign personnel to judge our war heroes," the President said.
President Sirisena said that he is not someone who always wants to be in the office of President but he is always dreaming of bringing up the motherland as a world renowned country where national reconciliation is strengthened and people live in solidarity and he is committed to the cause whether he is the president or not.
The President further stated that the SLFP will be strengthened for a people friendly journey with the policies and philosophy of the party.
The President said as the party leader, he will direct the party to make a better government in the future through better local and provincial governments and he has no desire stay as the party leader forever and he will not prepare to handover the leadership of the party to any of his children.
President Sirisena said that he doesn't have a personal agenda and he only has an agenda for the country and its future.
The President emphasized that is committed to a more populist and humanistic political movement.