President Maithripala Sirisena says that he will create an environment where future political leaders can fulfill their responsibilities in the backdrop of an ethical political culture by strengthening the all constitutional institutions which are responsible for clean political culture.
The President made these remarks at an event held to mark the first anniversary of the ‘March 12th Movement’ at the BMICH on March 12.
He says the leaders of political parties should set examples to their followers on the qualities that should be in all politicians, as the characteristics of a leadership reflect from his or her followers.
The President recalled that many times he was criticized for pointing out frauds and corruptions of the previous government and the then leaders questioned him whether he was doing these things because he wants to walk in a different path and that day he determined to walk in a different path to build a clean political culture in this country.
The President pointed out the importance of rectifying the social system which creates wrongdoers rather than finding and punishing them.
“My aim is not to construct highways or high rise buildings while the society erodes its values. Ethical politics is more important than building highways and high-rise buildings. During the rest of my term I will strive to establish clean politics,” the President said.
The President also launched the official website of the ‘March 12th Movement’.
On this occasion a badge indicating clean politics was pinned on the President.
Most. Ven. Dr. Ittapana Dhammalankara Nayake Thera, other religious leaders, Minister Chandima weerakkodi, Deputy Minister Karunarathna Paranawithana, Governor of the Eastern province, Austin Fernando, Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya, Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption, Dilrukshi Dias, the Executive Director of the PAFFREL, Rohan Hettiarachchi and others participated in this event.