Issuing a statement, the Federation of University Teachers Associations (FUTA) requested President Maithripala Sirisena and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to convene Parliament immediately and allow the members to debate the issue and take decisions within the ambit of the constitutional government.
“Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) is seriously alarmed by the current complication in the democratic political process of Sri Lanka and urges the political authority to act democratically to solve the crisis immediately. While we condemn the situation, which has erupted after an abrupt change of the Prime Minister, we also would like to point out that the only way to wade through this impasse is to adhere to the democratic process,” the statement issued by Dr. Athulasiri Samarakoon, the Secretary of FUTA, said.
FUTA also said, “We earnestly think that Sri Lanka, as a nation with long experiences of democratic government, must not retreat from that tradition but attempt to further improve it. Unfortunately, despite our wishes, our experiences have been that the country plunges into chaotic situations very often when political agents do not respect the lawful governance of the system jeopardizing the peaceful life of ordinary citizens. Also, it should be noted that sudden and irrational Cabinet reshuffles have largely hindered the development process and only resulted in the waste of public funds. For, instance, within the last three and half year period, several Ministers were appointed to the Ministry of Higher Education and none of them got sufficient time to work on the subject of higher education. We believe that such abrupt changes of Ministers have only led to instability and crises in this and other sectors.”
“Whenever there is a crisis in the political system it is the ordinary people who must suffer from it. Today, the prevailing political unrest and the volatility has brought fear and uncertainty into the lives of the people of this country. While Sri Lanka once again has become an international topic for the wrong reasons due to the political crisis here, we once again request the political authority, the President and the others, to take immediate actions to bring back normalcy to the parliamentary process and restore democratic governance as soon as possible.”
Meanwhile, the students of South Asian University, New Delhi, writing a letter to President Sirisena, had said they were concerned about the developing uncertainty in the political scenario of Sri Lanka consequent to the removal of the Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, and the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new Prime Minister.
“This act, which has been carried out amidst much secrecy and without a floor vote in Parliament has already cost people’s lives and considerable disruption of public life. At the moment, we are not debating the legality of this action in terms of the constitution. We are concerned of the ethics of the action and the political uncertainty it may push the country into. We are well aware of the uncertainties which governed Sri Lankan politics and day to life in the recent past, and it would be singularly unfortunate if this action would push the country in this direction again,” the letter said.