Sri Lankan monks urged to stay out of politics

Buddhist monks who seek office are accused of bringing the religion into disrepute
Sri Lankan monks urged to stay out of politics

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has called on Sri Lankans to act intelligently when they select political leaders while urging religious leaders to stay out of politics. (Photo: AFP)

Sri Lankan religious leaders and activists believe that no Buddhists monks or other clergy should be nominated at the next general election and future elections.

Rights activist Aruna Bandara said only a few monks engage in politics and these monks should not stand at the next elections because they act in violent ways.

"We are seeing a tendency for Buddhist monks to run for parliamentary representation in this country once again," said Bandara.

He said monks should act as patrons, not as misguided candidates. The monks serve as members of parliament as well as take part in provincial councils and local government institutions in Sri Lanka.

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