Only most suitable candidates who work for the country and safeguard the respect of the Parliament should be elected to the Parliament at the election, he added. People should do that selection according to their knowledge, intelligence and prior experience of the persons, he further stated.
The President made these remarks at a ceremony to launch two books of Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, held today (Aug. 07) at the BMICH in Colombo.
The book “A Sri Lankan Voice in the Global Arena” and its Sinhala copy consist of the speeches made by Minister Samarasinghe at International Human Rights Council and the summits of United Nations as well as at special occasions.
The President also pointed out that the reputation of the politicians being tarnished because they are not fulfilling their responsibilities towards the people properly. He also said that politicians, public servants as well as diplomats should always commit themselves to fulfill the aspirations of the people when they assume duties of their respective posts.
The President commended the former Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe for the services rendered at national and international levels using his knowledge, wisdom and experiences. President Sirisena also offered best wishes to Mr Samarasinghe for his future endeavours.
Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe presented the first copy of the book to the President Maithripala Sirisena.