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Commonwealth Secretary-General urges Sri Lanka to uphold democratic practices

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Patricia Scotland has called on Sri Lanka to uphold democratic practices.

She also called President Sirisena to reconvene parliament as soon as possible to solve the constitutional crisis.

"Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland today noted the decision by President Sirisena to reconvene Parliament on 14 November 2018. Secretary-General Scotland emphasized the importance of the role of Parliament as provided for under the constitution and expressed hope that Parliament would meet as soon as possible to resolve the current crisis in the country.

Scotland further stated that as per the Commonwealth Charter, adopted in 2012 by all the Commonwealth member states which specifically refers to the responsibility of governments, political parties and civil society to uphold and promote democratic culture and practices.

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