The Joint Chambers of Sri Lankan business together with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka has urged the President to take immediate steps to appoint a competent person as the interim Prime Minister and a small Cabinet of Ministers. It has also said the President should resign after an interim cabinet is formed.
The cabinet appointments should be done in consultation with the (new) Prime Minister acceptable to all leading political parties represented in Parliament. This must be done with immediate effect in order to take urgent action to restore law and order and economic activity in the country, they said in a joint statement.
“Further, it is abundantly clear that concluding the IMF staff level agreement in a timely manner as planned, could be jeopardized due to the absence of a legitimate government. While awaiting the IMF program, it is critical that Sri Lanka secures bridge financing to help get through the next six months,” it said.
The chambers statement therefore: