Govt will not seek to send only educated persons to parliament – Susil

ECONOMYNEXT – State Minister of International Co-operation Susil Premajayantha says that the government will nominate a variety of persons to contest on its behalf at the upcoming Parliamentary General elections not only the highly educated.

Speaking to reporters this morning he said that when considering the history of the country there were labour leaders, peasant leaders and others representing different communities in society as the people’s representatives in Parliament.

So he said the people do not necessarily consider the education level of the representatives they choose to represent them in parliament.

“Being intelligent is the only thing matters. It’s true that there should be some educational background to be intelligent, but no one has come to a consensus that only the educated folk should go to  parliament,” he said.

Further, the state minister said that they need the intelligent and educated but they also need experienced peoples’ representatives representing every corner of the society to be in the parliament as the parliament is the crossroad of representative democracy. (Colombo, February 11, 2020)

Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe edited by Arjuna Ranawana

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