Sri Lanka biz chambers urge early resolution of political crisis

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Chamber of Commerce have called on parties to resolve an ongoing political crisis early though "democratically established Institutions," triggered by the sudden appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister.

The call came as Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said that he feared bloodshed on the streets and it should be resolved in parliament.

"The undersigned, representing Chambers of Commerce are concerned that the current political uncertainty will result in many adverse consequences to the country, if it remains unresolved, " the statement said.

"We request the political authorities to resolve issues through the democratically established Institutions as early as possible.

"We appeal to the political Parties to ensure that law and order prevails and that danger to the life and property of citizens is prevented. All parties should act in the best interests of our country, our people and the national economy."

Leader of Sri Lanka’s United National Party Ranil Wickremesinghe who insists that a sacking ordered by President Maithripala Sirisena is not legal, said parties representing 126 members had asked speaker to summon parliament immediately.

A decision fro Speaker is expected in a day or two he said. (Colombo/Oct29/2018)

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