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Sri Lankan president and prime minister reassure Buddhist monk on constitution

A senior Buddhist monk claimed that both the Sri Lankan president and prime minister personally reassured him that a new constitution for the island would continue to give Buddhism the foremost place and would protect the state’s unitary status.

The Mahanayake of the Malwatte Chapter Thibbatuwave Siddartha Sri Sumangala said both government leaders stated the new constitution will “never cause any harm to the country”.

ColomboPage quoted the senior monk as stating the Maha Sangha has the “full confidence in the President and they can believe the President's statements”.

He added that the Sangha “would not remain silent if anything harmful to the interests of the country took place”.