The National Christian Council of Sri Lanka (NCCSL) acknowledges the decision of the Parliament to elect Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe as the President to complete the presidential term.
Taking into consideration the dire political and economic situation of our country and in heeding the voices of the People, we the Heads of Churches;
- Call upon the President and the Parliament to immediately take all necessary steps to introduce a constitutional amendment to introduce the best features of the 17th and 19th Amendments to the Constitution with provisions that include effective checks and balances on the ‘executive’ and measures to promote public accountability.
- Request all the leaders of all political parties and parliamentarians to place the interests of the country as foremost and to immediately work towards forming an All -Party Government, as an interim measure to collectively address the challenges confronting the country, including the ‘ethnic issue’; so that all may rightfully live as citizens with equality and dignity.
- Call for a General Election to be held within a period of 06-12 months so that the People can elect a new Parliament with a fresh mandate for the government of the country.
In conclusion, we the Heads of Churches of The National Christian Council of Sri Lanka (NCCSL) will continue to stand with the movement for change that has developed in the country.
Rev. Ebenezer Joseph, Chairperson-NCCSL/President Methodist Church of SL
Rt. Rev. Dushantha Rodrigo, Bishop of Colombo
Rt. Rev. Keerthisiri Fernando, Bishop of Kurunegala, Church of Ceylon
Rt. Rev. Dr. Daniel Thiagarajah, Bishop of Jaffna, Church of South India
Rev. Heshan De Silva, President, Sri Lanka Baptist Sangamaya
Rev. Shirley Faber, President, Christian Reformed Church
Rev. Saman Perera, Moderator/President, Presbytery of Lanka
Col. Nihal Hettiarachchi, Territorial Commander, Salvation Army SL
Rev. Chrisso Handy, Superintendent/Chairperson, Assemblies of God
Rev. Harim Peiris, Acting President, Foursquare Gospel Church SL
Constituent Ecumenical Organizations
Young Men’s Christian Association
Student Christian Movement
Young Women’s Christian Association
The Ceylon Bible Society
Christian Literature Society
Theological College of Lanka
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