Chief Prelates call for Party Leaders to summon Parliament

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The Chief Prelates of the three Buddhist Chapters have urged all Party Leaders to summon Parliament forthwith and establish a systematic form of Governance.

Issuing a joint statement on 13 July, they also urged protesters to avoid damaging public property and engage in peaceful protests while respecting the rule of law and paving the way for a peaceful transfer of power.

The people engaged in protests should act responsibly with intelligence, they said.

The Chief Prelates said that all leaders of political parties should focus on the expectations or the aspirations of the people while working within a democratic structure or framework and convene the Parliament to build a systematic form of Governance in a way that does not harm the image of the country internationally.

The joint statement has been signed by Most Ven. Thibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha SumangalaMahanayaka Thera of the Malwathu Chapter, Most Ven. Dr. Warakagoda DhammasiddiSri Gnanarathabidhana Maha Nayaka Thera of the Siyamopali Maha Nikaya – Asgiriya Chapter, Most Ven. Dodampahala Chandrasiri MahaNayaka Thera of Sri Kelayanivasa, Amarapura Chapter and Most Ven. Makulewe Wimalaabhidana Thera – Maha Nayaka Thera of the Ramanna Chapter.

BY K. L. Suraweera – Kandy