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Power Cut schedule from 23rd May to 1st June

COLOMBO (News 1st); The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has announced its plan for scheduled power outages from 23rd May to the 1st of June. 

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COLOMBO (News 1st); The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has announced its plan for scheduled power outages from 23rd May to the 1st of June. 
COLOMBO (News 1st); 8 suspects including Moratuwa Mayor Saman Lal Fernando who were arrested for their involvement in the attacks on the MynaGoGama and GotaGoGama protest sites were remanded until the 25th of May by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court.Moratuwa Mayor Saman Lal Fernando, Kelaniya PS Chairman Manjula Prasanna, Karandeniya PS Member Sameera Chathuranga, Seethawaka PS Member Jayantha Rohana, Bandula Jayawanne, and Dineth Geethika were arrested by the CID on Wednesday (18).LPP MPs Milan Jayathilake, Sanath Nishantha, and two others who were arrested over their involvement in the attacks on the GotaGoGama and MynaGoGama peaceful protest sites were remanded to the 25th of May by the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday (18).Sri Lanka’s Attorney General on Monday (16) directed the Inspector General of Police, and the Senior DIG in charge of the Criminal Investigations Department to arrest and produce in court 22 people including Ex-Ministers, and Members of Parliament who are linked to the attack on the MynaGogama & GotaGoGama peaceful protest sites.As a result of the investigations, detectives arrested SLPP MPs Milan Jayathilake and Sanath Nishantha on Tuesday (17).Earlier, a Former Provincial Councilor Amal Silva, and a Moratuwa Municipal Worker were arrested over the same incident.A normal Monday morning on the 9th of May 2022, turned into a scene of chaos after pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees following a meeting chaired by then-Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.The meeting at Temple Trees was organized by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Local Government Members Forum and saw hundreds in attendance.Following this meeting, the pro-government supporters attacked

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Moratuwa Mayor & 7 others remanded for attacks on GotaGoGama and MynaGoGama
COLOMBO (News 1st); 8 suspects including Moratuwa Mayor Saman Lal Fernando who were arrested for their involvement in the attacks on the MynaGoGama and GotaGoGama protest sites were remanded until the 25th of May by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court.Moratuwa Mayor Saman Lal Fernando, Kelaniya PS Chairman Manjula Prasanna, Karandeniya PS Member Sameera Chathuranga, Seethawaka PS Member Jayantha Rohana, Bandula Jayawanne, and Dineth Geethika were arrested by the CID on Wednesday (18).LPP MPs Milan Jayathilake, Sanath Nishantha, and two others who were arrested over their involvement in the attacks on the GotaGoGama and MynaGoGama peaceful protest sites were remanded to the 25th of May by the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday (18).Sri Lanka’s Attorney General on Monday (16) directed the Inspector General of Police, and the Senior DIG in charge of the Criminal Investigations Department to arrest and produce in court 22 people including Ex-Ministers, and Members of Parliament who are linked to the attack on the MynaGogama & GotaGoGama peaceful protest sites.As a result of the investigations, detectives arrested SLPP MPs Milan Jayathilake and Sanath Nishantha on Tuesday (17).Earlier, a Former Provincial Councilor Amal Silva, and a Moratuwa Municipal Worker were arrested over the same incident.A normal Monday morning on the 9th of May 2022, turned into a scene of chaos after pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees following a meeting chaired by then-Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.The meeting at Temple Trees was organized by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Local Government Members Forum and saw hundreds in attendance.Following this meeting, the pro-government supporters attacked
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COLOMBO (News 1st); Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Department are recording a statement from MP Namal Rajapaksa, the son of former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.This is with regard to the attacks on the GotaGoGama and MynaGoGama peaceful protest sites on the 9th of April 2022.It was reported that the MP visited the Criminal Investigations Department at 4 PM on Friday (20).So far, SLPP MPs Milan Jayathilake, Sanath Nishantha, Moratuwa Mayor Saman Lal Fernando, Kelaniya PS Chairman Manjula Prasanna, Karandeniya PS Member Sameera Chathuranga, Seethawaka PS Member Jayantha Rohana, Bandula Jayawanne, and Dineth Geethika have been arrested an remanded, in addition to the Former Provincial Council Memeber Amal Silva, and a Moratuwa Municipal worker over attacks on GotaGoGama and MynaGoGama.A normal Monday morning on the 9th of May 2022, turned into a scene of chaos after pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees following a meeting chaired by then-Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.The meeting at Temple Trees was organized by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Local Government Members Forum and saw hundreds in attendance.Following this meeting, the pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees and dismantled the camp.Thereafter, they moved to the main protest site in Galle Face known as GotaGoGama and destroyed several tents, and assaulted peaceful protestors.Sri Lanka Police, the Riot Police, Sri Lanka Army, and other law enforcement agencies were called in to control the situation and Sri Lanka Police eventually imposed an island-wide curfew to control the unrest.
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President Rajapaksa attends War Heroes’ Day commemoration
COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa attended the 13th National War Heroes’ Day commemoration ceremony, in Sri Jayawardenepura, his first public appearance in many weeks.The undying memories and gallantry of heroic War Heroes who made the supreme sacrifice while defending the motherland were revered, admired and honoured once again on Thursday (19) in a simple state ceremony at Sri Jayawardenepura War Heroes’ Monument (Ranaviru Smarakaya).During this ceremony, fallen heroic War Heroes of the Army (23,962), Navy (1160), Air Force (443), 2598 Policemen and 456 Civil Security Department personnel, altogether a total of 28,619 who had made the supreme sacrifice in the fight against ruthless LTTE terrorism before May 2009 were respectfully called to eternal memory for their valour, gallantry, selfless dedication and invaluable sacrifices offering floral tributes.The President was invited at first to lay a floral wreath at the foot of the monument and salute their memory before the Secretary Defence, Secretary to Ministry of Public Security, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army, Navy and Air Force Commanders, Inspector General of Police, Chairman, Rana Viru Seva Authority, Director General, Civil Security Department, several family members, representative family members of fallen War Heroes and others, joined in succession to offer floral tributes to the Monument.The sounding of the Last Post and Reveille in conformity with military traditions brought the day’s formal ceremony, a feature typical during military ceremonies, to end.
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CID obtaining statements from IGP, STF
COLOMBO (News 1st); The Criminal Investigations Division is currently recording statements from the Inspector General of Police and the Commandant of the STF over the incidents which took place on 09th May, at Galle Face and Colpetty.In addition, statements are also being recorded from the DIG in charge of the Police Special Branch.On Friday (20) detectives from the Criminal Investigations Department are recorded a statement from MP Namal Rajapaksa, the son of former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, for several hours.This is with regard to the attacks on the GotaGoGama and MynaGoGama peaceful protest sites on the 9th of April 2022.So far, SLPP MPs Milan Jayathilake, Sanath Nishantha, Moratuwa Mayor Saman Lal Fernando, Kelaniya PS Chairman Manjula Prasanna, Karandeniya PS Member Sameera Chathuranga, Seethawaka PS Member Jayantha Rohana, Bandula Jayawanne, and Dineth Geethika have been arrested an remanded, in addition to the Former Provincial Council Memeber Amal Silva, and a Moratuwa Municipal worker over attacks on GotaGoGama and MynaGoGama.A normal Monday morning on the 9th of May 2022, turned into a scene of chaos after pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees following a meeting chaired by then-Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.The meeting at Temple Trees was organized by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Local Government Members Forum and saw hundreds in attendance.Following this meeting, the pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees and dismantled the camp.Thereafter, they moved to the main protest site in Galle Face known as GotaGoGama and destroyed several tents, and assaulted peaceful protestors.Sri Lanka Police, the Riot Police, Sri
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COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has welcomed the announcement by G7 countries that they will assist Sri Lanka in securing debt relief. In a tweet, Wickremesinghe said the continued engagement by the international community with Sri Lanka is key to overcoming the economic crisis. The Group of Seven economic powers support efforts to provide debt relief for Sri Lanka, G7 finance chiefs said on Thursday in a draft communique from a meeting in Germany after the country defaulted on its sovereign debt.The once-booming island country has suspended debt payments as it grapples with its worst economic crisis since it won independence in 1948, facing shortages of essential goods that have triggered social unrest.G7 countries said in their statement they were committed to finding long-term solutions for the Indian Ocean nation and urged it to “negotiate constructively” with the International Monetary Fund on a potential loan programme.“The G7 stands ready to support the Paris Club’s efforts, in line with its principles, to address the need for a debt treatment for Sri Lanka,” they said, referring to the group of mostly rich creditor nations.The draft statement, which is to be finalised before the end the G7 finance ministers’ meeting on Friday, also called on other big creditor nations not in the Paris Club to coordinate with the group and urged them to provide debt relief on comparable terms.G7 finance chiefs also singled out China, which has become a major creditor to low-income countries, to actively contribute to debt relief for such countries.Chad, Ethiopia and Zambia have so far sought debt relief under a new G20 common framework, but progress has so far been slow with some officials
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COLOMBO (News 1st); Senior DIG Deshabandu Thennakoon provided a 9-hour long stateemnt to the detectives of the Criminal Investigations Department on Tuesday (17) with regard to the incidents that took place at MynaGoGama and GotaGoGama on the 9th of May.Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Parliamentarians Sanath Nishantha and Milan Jayathilake who were arrested by the CID on Tuesday (17) will be produced to court on Wednesday (18), said Sri Lanka Police.Sri Lanka’s Attorney General on Monday (16) directed the Inspector General of Police, and the Senior DIG in charge of the Criminal Investigations Department to arrest and produce in court 22 people including Ex-Ministers, and Members of Parliament who are linked to the attack on the MynaGogama & GotaGoGama peaceful protest sites.As a result of the investigations, detectives arrested SLPP MPs Milan Jayathilake and Sanath Nishantha on Tuesday (17).Detectives will be recording statements from seven Parliamentarians on Wednesday (18) with regard to the attacks on peaceful protests at the GotaGoGama and MynaGoGama protest sites on the 9th of May 2022.Police Spokesperson Attorney-at-Law SSP Nihal Thalduwa speaking to News 1st said the statements will be recorded at the Parliament complex.A normal Monday morning on the 9th of May 2022, turned into a scene of chaos after pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees following a meeting chaired by then-Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.The meeting at Temple Trees was organized by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Local Government Members Forum and saw hundreds in attendance.Following this meeting, the pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees and dismantled the
Petrol stocks are limited, DO NOT wait in line; New stocks will be distributed by Saturday (21) – Kanchana - newsfirst.lk - Usa - Sri Lanka
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Petrol stocks are limited, DO NOT wait in line; New stocks will be distributed by Saturday (21) – Kanchana
COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka’s Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera told Parliament that Sri Lanka has received sufficient stocks of Diesel.“On Tuesday (17) we distributed Super Diesel and Auto Diesel to all the filling stations in the country. We hope to ensure the continuous supply of Diesel from today (18) to all the 1,190 active filling stations in the country, although there are 1,300 filling stations,” he told the house on Wednesday (18).The Minister confirmed that Sri Lanka has an issue with regard to the availability of Petrol, adding that since the 28th of March a vessel with Petrol has been anchored in Sri Lankan waters.“We do not have the US Dollars to make the payment for the vessel with Petrol,” he revealed to the Parliament, adding that another USD 53 Million is due for the same vessel for a previous shipment in January 2022.He said the respective shipping company had refused to release the vessel until both payments are settled, adding that following an assurance by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to make the previous payment from August, the company had agreed to release the vessel after the due payment is made.“We are yet to source the funds for this purpose,” he revealed adding that the Ministry is working towards releasing the vessel either on Wednesday (18) or Thursday (19).“This is why we requested the people NOT to wait in line for fuel.
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Police garage dispenser NOT updated in years, Energy Minister says MPs NOT sold fuel at subsidized rates
COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka’s Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera says that posts shared on MPs being given subsidized fuel rates are false.“No MP from either side or anyone has been given subsidized rates than the current market prices given to the public,” he tweeted.Further, the Minister said he instructed the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation to carry out an investigation on the rates displayed in the dispenser at the Police garage and will make a statement in parliament.“No one will be extended privileges on fuel stations other than ambulance essential services,” he further tweeted.In his statement to Parliament, the Minister said the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation has never sold fuel to any MPs at a price less than the market rates, on any occasion.“You (Speaker) has requested the Inspector General of Police over the possibility of providing fuel for MPs to visit Parliament during the days that Parliament convenes,” he told Parliament.“The filling station in question does not sell fuel as Sri Lanka Police usually makes the payment to the CPC for their fuel requirements and the Narahenpita Police Garage only issues fuel for police officers in liters, and not for cash,” he explained.He said following the Speaker’s request to the Inspector General of Police, the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation has made it clear to sell Petrol for Rs. 334.19/-, Auto Diesel for Rs.
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SLPP MPs Sanath Nishantha & Milan Jayathilake, remanded
COLOMBO (News 1st); SLPP MPs Milan Jayathilake, Sanath Nishantha, and two others who were arrested over their involvement in the attacks on the GotaGoGama and MynaGoGama peaceful protest sites were remanded to the 25th of May by the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday (18).Sri Lanka’s Attorney General on Monday (16) directed the Inspector General of Police, and the Senior DIG in charge of the Criminal Investigations Department to arrest and produce in court 22 people including Ex-Ministers, and Members of Parliament who are linked to the attack on the MynaGogama & GotaGoGama peaceful protest sites.As a result of the investigations, detectives arrested SLPP MPs Milan Jayathilake and Sanath Nishantha on Tuesday (17).Earlier, a Former Provincial Councilor Amal Silva, and a Moratuwa Municipal Worker were arrested over the same incident.Moratuwa Mayor Saman Lal Fernando, Kelaniya PS Chairman Manjula Prasanna and four others were arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department on Wednesday (18) over their involvement in the attacks on the GotaGoGama and MynaGoGama peaceful protest sites.Karandeniya PS Member Sameera CHathuranga, Seethawaka PS Member Jayantha Rohana, Bandula Jayawanne, and Dineth Geethika were also arrested by the CID.In addition Dan Priyasad who was also wanted over the same incidents was arrested after he surrendered himself to the CID on Wednesday (18) morning.Detectives will be recording statements from seven Parliamentarians on Wednesday (18) with regard to the attacks on peaceful protests at the GotaGoGama and MynaGoGama protest sites on the 9th of May 2022.Police Spokesperson Attorney-at-Law SSP Nihal Thalduwa speaking to News 1st said the statements will be recorded at the Parliament
Mahinda Rajapaksa - Temple Trees - Moratuwa Mayor Saman Lal, Kelaniya PS Chairman, & Dan Priyasad arrested over GotaGoGama & MynaGoGama attacks - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
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Moratuwa Mayor Saman Lal, Kelaniya PS Chairman, & Dan Priyasad arrested over GotaGoGama & MynaGoGama attacks
COLOMBO (News 1st); Moratuwa Mayor Saman Lal Fernando, Kelaniya PS Chairman Manjula Prasanna and four others were arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department on Wednesday (18) over their involvement in the attacks on the GotaGoGama and MynaGoGama peaceful protest sites.In addition Dan Priyasad who was also wanted over the same incidents was arrested after he surrendered himself to the CID on Wednesday (18) morning.Detectives will be recording statements from seven Parliamentarians on Wednesday (18) with regard to the attacks on peaceful protests at the GotaGoGama and MynaGoGama protest sites on the 9th of May 2022.Police Spokesperson Attorney-at-Law SSP Nihal Thalduwa speaking to News 1st said the statements will be recorded at the Parliament complex.Sri Lanka’s Attorney General on Monday (16) directed the Inspector General of Police, and the Senior DIG in charge of the Criminal Investigations Department to arrest and produce in court 22 people including Ex-Ministers, and Members of Parliament who are linked to the attack on the MynaGogama & GotaGoGama peaceful protest sites.As a result of the investigations, detectives arrested SLPP MPs Milan Jayathilake and Sanath Nishantha on Tuesday (17).A normal Monday morning on the 9th of May 2022, turned into a scene of chaos after pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees following a meeting chaired by then-Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.The meeting at Temple Trees was organized by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Local Government Members Forum and saw hundreds in attendance.Following this meeting, the pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees and dismantled the camp.Thereafter, they moved to
Mahinda Rajapaksa - Temple Trees - Johnston Fernando - Police arrest Ex-politico & municipal worker over attacks on MynaGoGama & GotaGoGama - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
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Police arrest Ex-politico & municipal worker over attacks on MynaGoGama & GotaGoGama
COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka Police arrested Former Provincial Councilor Amal Silva and an employee attached to the Moratuwa Municipal Council over the attacks on the GotaGoGama and MynaGoGama protest sites.Sri Lanka’s Attorney General on Monday (16) directed the Inspector General of Police, and the Senior DIG in charge of the Criminal Investigations Department to arrest and produce in court 22 people including Ex-Ministers, and Members of Parliament who are linked to the attack on the MynaGogama & GotaGoGama peaceful protest sites.Ex-Minister Johnston Fernando, Ex-State Minister Sanath Nishantha, MPs Sanjeewa Edirimanne, Milan Jayathilake, Moratuwa Mayor Saman Lal Fernando, Colombo Municipal Councilor Mahinda Kahandagamage, Dan Priyasad are among those named by the Attorney General.A normal Monday morning on the 9th of May 2022, turned into a scene of chaos after pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees following a meeting chaired by then-Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.The meeting at Temple Trees was organized by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Local Government Members Forum and saw hundreds in attendance.Following this meeting, the pro-government supporters attacked the MynaGoGama protest site near Temple Trees and dismantled the camp.Thereafter, they moved to the main protest site in Galle Face known as GotaGoGama and destroyed several tents, and assaulted peaceful protestors.Sri Lanka Police, the Riot Police, Sri Lanka Army, and other law enforcement agencies were called in to control the situation and Sri Lanka Police eventually imposed an island-wide curfew to control the unrest. 
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Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe assumes duties
COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka’s Ranil Wickremesinghe who returned to the political sphere as Prime Minister for the sixth time, assumed duties on Friday (13).Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in on Thursday (12) as the island nation faces political and economic crises.The appointment was made days after Mahinda Rajapaksa, brother of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, vacated the position after violence was triggered by attacks on peaceful protests by pro-government supporters.Ranil Wickremesinghe has been sworn in as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka on five occasions before.He was first appointed as PM from 1993 – 1994 after the assassination of President Ranasinghe Premadasa.Subsequently, from 2001 to 2004 he was elected as the Prime Minister to lead the United National Front Government during the presidency of President Chandrika Bandaranayake.In January 2015, he was appointed as the Prime Minister of the coalition government on the election of President Maithripala Sirisena.His appointment was sanctioned by the Sri Lankan people at the general election of August 2015.Once again, in December 2018, then-President Sirisena was compelled to appoint him as PM after having dismissed him in October 2018.In November 2019, after the defeat of the UNP presidential candidate, he resigned from his position of Prime Minister.Newly-appointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the GotaGoGama struggle must continue, and he will not intervene with the struggle.“Police would not do anything to them, and the struggle must continue,” said the Prime Minister during his visit to the Walukaramaya Raja Maha Viharaya in Colombo after taking oaths as the Prime Minister.He said he will show majority from both sides in parliament.
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Sri Lanka: Sajith ready to form new govt, subject to President resigning within stipulated time period
COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lankan Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa accepted the President’s invitation to form an interim government.In a letter to the President on Thursday (12), Premadasa said that the Samagi Jana Balawegaya led opposition is willing to form a new interim government in Sri Lanka subject to conditions.One of the conditions put forward by Sajith Premadasa is that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution should be implemented with the support of all political parties within two weeks.Further, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa must resign within a stipulated time period.The third condition is that the President work together with all the political parties to work towards abolishing the Executive Presidency via the 21st Amendment to the Constitution.The fourth condition is that the President must call for Parliamentary Elections to award the people an opportunity to elect a new stable government, following the implementation of the aforementioned constitutional reforms, establishing the rule of law, and returning the people’s lives to normalcy.Sajith Premadasa said that he has a sustainable program to control the fall of the economy and for the implementation of the constitutional reforms.He said he is prepared to for discussions on the swearing in of the new government, and on the period of the said new government.
Ranil Wickremesinghe - New PM should demonstrate ability to establish consensus among political parties: BASL - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
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New PM should demonstrate ability to establish consensus among political parties: BASL
COLOMBO (News 1st); The Executive Committee of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) is of the view that the newly-appointed Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe should demonstrate his ability to establish a consensus among the political parties in Parliament as soon as possible.Issuing a statement with regard to the appointment of the PM, the BASL states that he should endeavour to build a representative Government of National Unity to implement a Common Minimum Programme (CMP) in the interests of the people. Citing the earlier proposals of the BASL, which denotes that the Government should establish an Interim Government of National Unity consisting of 15 Cabinet Ministers, and the the Prime Minister being a Member of Parliament who is able to establish a consensus among all political parties recognized by the Speaker in Parliament on the national economy and to enact necessary reforms, the association states that  it was necessary to appoint a Prime Minister who is able to establish a consensus among all political parties within Parliament, rather than merely relying on the existence of a parliamentary majority.It is also imperative that the Government establishes a clear timeline to introduce critical constitutional amendments proposed by the BASL, including the introduction of the 21st Amendment to the Constitution and the abolition of the executive presidency. In this period of tremendous uncertainty, disaffection and suffering it is vital that the new Government acts with transparency and purpose of vision so as to restore confidence among the citizens of this country and the various international and domestic actors whose assistance is required in this moment of crisis, the BASL addds.
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