SJB supports BASL’s 13-point proposal

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The Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) has decided to support the Bar Association of Sri Lanka’s (BASL) 13-point proposal to resolve the national crisis.

The main Opposition parties, including SJB, SLFP, and ten other independent parties, met members of the Bar Association yesterday (9).

 BASL has made a number of recommendations to all political parties to restore political and economic stability. The BASL has called for the abolition of the Executive Presidency, citing it as a critical step towards resolving the current crisis.

Following discussions, Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa told the Media that they support anyone who wants to abolish the Executive Presidency.

“The SJB is with the people. We have no intention of crowning any politician.

“We support BASL’s series of proposals because we believe they will help resolve the current political crisis, but everything depends on the President’s reaction,” said Premadasa.

Meanwhile, former President and SLFP Chairman Maithripala Sirisena told the media that they discussed the solutions that could be taken within the Legislature and how the Constitution should be amended.

“The discussion was successful, and we hope to collaborate with organisations like BASL to find solutions to the current political upheaval. We have already proposed an interim government and are awaiting the response from other parties,” he added. In response to a question about the Government’s decision to declare Emergency, Sirisena said they would not support it if it was put to a vote in Parliament.

Gevindu Cumaratunga, the representative of 11 independent parties and the Sri Lanka Chamber of Commerce, attended the discussion.

Meanwhile, the Opposition Leader met with youth MPs and said that he will take over the Government if he can secure a majority in Parliament.

BY Sahan Tennakoon