President Says He Is Duty-Bound To Protect Democratic Rights Of All Citizens: Encourages Public To Criticise The Government

February 04, 2020

President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said terrorist and extremist organizations would not be allowed to raise their head in Sri Lanka.

Speaking at the 72nd Independence Day celebration, President Rajapaksa said he was duty-bound to protect the country's democracy and freedom.

"I request you to criticise the government if you think the government is treading the wrong path," he added.

He also said, “I have the vision that I must serve as the Head of State of all the people than a political leader who serves one community. As President, I represent the entire Sri Lankan community free of racial, religious, party or any other differences.

I am bound to implement the needs of the people of this country. It is my responsibility and duty. I do not expect any hindrances from state officials or legislature or judiciary in fulfilling this.

Freedom of the people has been constrained by the evolution of state rule over time. Rules and regulations imposed without proper study or coordination have left the public facing many harassments.

We should not impose unnecessary restrictions on the majority instead of enforcing the law against minority offenders.”

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