The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) today observed that all politicians should act as statesmen to avert the country’s current economic and political crisis.

BASL President Saliya Pieris PC said at a press conference that all politicians have to come together to work out a solution to restore political and economic stability in the Country.

“All politicians have to come together to work out a solution because the economic crisis is dire. We believe this is the time for politicians to act as statesmen,” the BASL President said.

In response to a query, Mr. Pieris said they are expecting to discuss their thirteen point proposals with the political authority within the next few days.

He said the BASL has already handed over their proposals to the Mahanayake theros, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) and the YMBA.

The BASL proposals include: the repeal of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, the abolition of the executive Presidency, the formation of a government of national unity with a Prime Minister able to create a consensus among the political parties, a 15 member cabinet of ministers, a 15 member advisory council and the adoption of a Common Minimum Programme.