Dear Prime Minister,
We wish to congratulate you on being reinstated as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
In addition to the actions of the many UNF supporters, the turn of events that eventually culminated in your reinstatement was a series of critical interventions by a sensitised citizenry, community leaders, civil society organisations and a plethora of many other actors who helped to turn the tide of the 26th October.
As the National Shoora Council (NSC), we are proud to have advocated that the constitution needs to be upheld at all times, and that elected officials have a fiduciary responsibility to hold fast to the spirit of democracy in whichever context.
The role of the speaker Hon. Karu Jayasuriya who maintained the integrity of his office and the legal interventions made by a diligent and independent judiciary will forever be remembered in the annals of our political history.
You will appreciate that your reinstatement is due in no small part to the strengthening of independent institutions and democratic reform after the Yahapalanaya government came to power in 2015, most notably through the 19th amendment to the constitution.
Your government has received another opportunity to truly institute democratic reforms in our political culture, and there is great hunger for this on the ground. You may be aware of the many frustrations that are firmly rooted in the electorate at large, among the Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim demographics — who are united in the clamour for positive sustainable change. Change that was slow in coming despite all the hope placed in 2015.
We trust in your capacity to see these reforms through, and are convinced that you recognise the much-needed calibrations required to our political culture. These changes can only stem from institutional reform at the highest levels of politics and governance.
In the age of coalition governments, we understand the political need at times to compromise and to keep political heavyweights content. However, we on the ground know that there is great expectation that your new cabinet appointments will go beyond political compromise and give preference to foresight, integrity and maturity.
Of course, this means therefore that corruption must not be tolerated at any level in politics or any other form of social transaction. As Prime Minister, you have been given another opportunity to root out corruption, and to take legal action against any of its forms.
Sri Lankan politics is much in need of transformation, and institutionalising of a new culture. This will form the bedrock of Sri Lanka's emergence as a key regional player. This could be the legacy your government aspires for.
We worked together with many other organisations across the spectrum to raise awareness of the importance of democratic principles in politics and in governance. The National Shoora Council supports the rebuilding of the many damaged fibres of all our communities, to bequeath a more united, just and prosperous motherland to all our future generations.
Wishing you well.
Tariq Mahmud President
National Shoora Council