The Union of Independent Parties has requested that the Prime Minister immediately resign from his position and ‘hand over the country to the Speaker’, making way for the establishment of an All – Party government.
Issuing a statement, they noted that the ongoing chaos was a result of Premier Wickremesinghe’s failure to step down as unanimously requested by the party leaders who met under the patronage of Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena on 09 July.
Commenting on the unrest that unfolded today (13) with protesters taking over the Prime Minister’s Office in Kollupitiya, Colombo and later proceeding to protest towards Parliament, the Union stated the following;
“Parliament is the pinnacle of people’s sovereignty and democracy. We see the threat to the existence of the Parliament as a severe blow to the people’s sovereignty and democracy. Interrupting the activities of the Parliament is an obstacle to the election of a new president which is due to be held on 20 July, upon which the restoration of peace in the country relies”.
Further, they added that preserving democracy in Sri Lanka is a crucial factor in obtaining international support to overcome the ongoing economic crisis, emphasising that due to anarchy and violence, Sri Lanka is rapidly moving towards a humanitarian disaster.
“Turning the economic crisis into a humanitarian disaster can lead to militants from foreign countries entering our country. Therefore, we appeal to the entire nation to unite and refrain from turning Sri Lanka into the Libya of South Asia”, the statement read in this regard,