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Buddhist Monks advise President not to reconvene Parliament

ECONOMYNEXT – A group of leading Buddhist Monks are endorsing President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s decision not to reconvene the recently dissolved Parliament, a Media statement from the President’s office said.

At the meeting held on Friday April 24, the Monks told the President that he should not recall Parliament if it is against the Constitution.

The Press release said that the Monks advised the President “not to put the country in jeopardy by recalling Parliament.”

The President had told the Prelates that there is no provision in the Constitution that allows him to recall the Parliament.

President Rajapaksa appraised the Monks about the various measures the government has taken to prevent the spread of the COVID 19 virus and the relief measures offered to the people.

The President said that the support rendered by all sections of society, the Health Sector, Security forces, the state sector and society has been overwhelming in the fight against the spread of COVID 19.

He also said that he will keep the Buddhist clergy informed of the situation with regard to COVID 19 every three weeks.

He said that he will follow the advise of the Sangha as he pledged during his oath taking ceremony before the Ruvanveli seya.

The Prelates advised the President to make arrangement for the people to celebrate Vesak from their homes using electronic means.

 

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