Church of Ceylon raises concerns over sacking of PM

The Church of Ceylon has raised concerns over the sacking of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

In a statement issued when the church was meeting for the 133rd Session of the Diocesan Council, Anglican Bishop of Colombo Rt. Revd. Dhiloraj R Canagasabey said that they were of the view that there were no provisions in the present Constitution of Sri Lanka to remove a sitting Prime Minister as the 19th Amendment had reduced the President’s executive powers and transferred such powers to the Prime Minister.

“The democratic framework enshrined in our Constitution should not be abused for political expediency,” the Church said. The statement said the church held a long tradition of “speaking truth to power” in the country at different times in history, when “peace and democratic values have been threatened.”

“In 2013 we even gathered on Independence Day in our cathedral to lament our nation’s political crisis,” the Church said, referring to the aftermath of the illegal sacking of the country’s first female Chief Justice by the Rajapaksa regime.

In the statement the Church urged instruments of the State, religious institutions and peace-loving citizens to uphold democratic values and peace with justice for all, as well as the rule of law for the greater common good of the people of our country, and the preservation of democratic institutions so that all communities that call Sri Lanka home may live without fear of intimidation. (Colombo Gazette)

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