Church of Ceylon expresses concern over dissolution of Parliament

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The Diocese of Colombo of the Church of Ceylon today expressed its shock and great dismay over the dissolution of Parliament by the President.

It said in a statement that “this arbitrary act appears to us to be a direct and blatant violation of the clear and express provisions of the Constitution, following the passage of the 19th Amendment

The actions of the dismissal of a sitting Prime Minister, the appointment of a new Prime Minister, the prorogation of Parliament by the President followed by credible accounts of inducements to MPs to crossover and the shifting stories about the premiership being offered to other members of Parliament are further compounded by this latest action of the President underscoring the fact that the newly appointed Prime Minister did not command the confidence of Parliament. All these events showcase the sad depths to which ethical and moral standards have deteriorated in this country, despite our external show of religiosity,"

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  • Bandu Tuesday, 13 November 2018 11:54 AM

    Ethical and moral standards have deteriorated in this country, and I can name another instutution under the Church, where this has happened since 2012 and 2016 knowing from my personal experience. As I do not wish to spit looking up, I will leave it at that.

    channa Tuesday, 13 November 2018 11:58 AM

    Happy to know that there are at least few with a back bone who can voice against unjustice

    Siyarata Tuesday, 13 November 2018 12:01 PM

    Your grace. It's a matter for the honourable judiciary to decide. Anglican church has no judicial interpretative authority. We're not under the British occupation.

    Charlie brown Tuesday, 13 November 2018 04:32 PM

    Kerching ...you have won tonight's star prize ...go to the airport ,and you can have a ticket to whichever mentally unbalanced country that will take you

    Nimal Tuesday, 13 November 2018 12:10 PM

    I am a Roman Catholic. I Agreed with thanks to Church of Ceylon and ask Rev. Malcom Ranjith and all Bishops to at least pray for this country. Religious leaders should not be silent as they have no children and not necessary to fear for white vans. Otherwise President will take another bad decision. So Religious should be responsible for this situation and come out and propose a common solution with all political parties. Otherwise another blood bath like 1953, 1971, 1988 and LTTE until 2009. Avoid this Pl. and save life of younger generation.

    mnsmart Tuesday, 13 November 2018 12:59 PM

    Its better if the Bishop practice what he preach

    vini Tuesday, 13 November 2018 02:41 PM

    "dismissal of a sitting Prime Minister"Hypocrisy unlimited. Did the bishop complain when the sitting Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne was sacked by the president?

    Chari Tuesday, 13 November 2018 03:31 PM

    This is the Bishop's Personal view only. Not the stand of the Anglican Christians. Please note.

    Charlie brown Tuesday, 13 November 2018 04:35 PM

    It is the opinion of the diocese of Colombo and the church of Ceylon ...so he must have discussed it with others ..therefore not just his humble opinion


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