May 28, 2024

Sri Lanka’s Joint Business Chambers seeks a smooth transition of power in accordance with the constitution

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Joint Chambers welcome the announcements made by the President that he will resign on the
13th of July respecting the wishes of the citizens and the Prime Ministers’ willingness to resign
once an interim government is in place. The Chambers believe that they should submit their
letters of resignation immediately in accordance with constitutional provisions clearing all
doubts and paving the way for a smooth transition.

“We also request the Speaker to step forward to fulfil the important role he is expected to play in accordance with the constitution at this calamitous moment. First, we request him to expeditiously set in motion the process of selecting a President to serve the balance part of the current presidency. Secondly, we call upon him to assume the office of Acting President for a short period of time from 13 th July until
the Parliament decides on the new President,” they said in a media statement.

After the new President selected by Parliament has assumed duties, the Joint Chambers expect
him/her to invite a person who enjoys the confidence of a majority in Parliament to become the
Prime Minister and appoint an interim cabinet drawn from all political parties who wish to
participate in an All-Party Government.

Joint Chambers are also of the view that a clear time frame should be established for this interim administration and a firm commitment should be made with regard to the date of the next General Election.

“The importance of implementing the above process in a speedy and smooth manner is
absolutely critical in order to focus on addressing the essential needs of the public and
businesses such as fuel, electricity and gas while taking forward the much needed economic
reform agenda in line with the IMF programme under negotiation and the debt restructuring
process. It is also imperative that the rule of law is established as soon as possible in accordance
with the constitution and the Joint Chambers expect all citizens to cooperate in upholding the
law,” they stressed.

The Joint Chambers also believe that the interim Government should consider the enactment of
necessary amendments to the Constitution as a top priority to restore governance as desired by
the people.

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