President Maithripala Sirisena speaking at the funeral of Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera today pledged to abolish the Executive Presidency, a fervent wish of the late Thera.
Sirisena pledged that his government will commit to usher a just society which the late Thero had fought tirelessly throughout his life’s journey.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who spoke at the funeral, said that the the new government will entrench good governance in the country the Thera had hoped for.
Wickremasinghe identified Sobitha Thera as a brave and selfless leader who spoke on behalf of all Sri Lankan’s irrespective any religious affiliations.
Sobitha Thera is one of the key architects in galvanizing a people’s movement to defeat former President Rajapaksa and elect Maithripala Sirisena. He was instrumental in introducing Sirisena as the common opposition candidate at the last presidential poll.
Cremation of the late Thera was held with full state honors in the afternoon today at the Parliament Grounds in Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte.
Thousands of people lined up beside the road from Naga Viharaya to the Parliament grounds, when the funeral procession proceeded.
The Chief Incumbent of the Kotte Sri Naga Viharaya venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera passed away at a hospital in Singapore at the age of 73 on the 8th of November.