Public expenditure beyond 30th April : Mangala writes to President

Former Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera in a letter to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has urged him to exercise his powers as the Head of State at this critical time and to summon the Parliament as soon as possible with the support of all parties represented in Parliament.

He said that this was imperative to have the essential expenditure, including the payment of salaries to the public service after 30th April 2020 approved legally and constitutionally so that Sri Lanka acts responsibly, respecting the Constitution in relation to public finances.

Mr. Mangala Samaraweera also said that the President, Prime Minister, Cabinet of Ministers and the Members of Parliament, as well as all public officials, including the Secretary to the Treasury, have pledged to uphold and defend the Constitution of the Republic.

Any person who acts in contravention of the provisions on conviction by the Court of Appeal shall be subject to:-

(a) Civic disability for such period not exceeding seven years and

(b) Forfeit his movable and immovable property other than such property as is determined as being necessary for the sustenance of such person and his family.

Failure to do so, especially at a time of a pandemic is bound to have serious repercussions for the short and long-term economic well-being of our people especially in light of international obligations and the nature of the interconnected global financial and economic system.

The full text of the letter with copies to PM, and all Party Leaders represented in Parliament is given below.

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