Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has expressed concern over the move by the Sri Lankan Parliament to impeach Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake. In a statement Secretary-General Sharma stated, “The Commonwealth’s principal consideration is that the provisions of Sri Lanka’s constitution are upheld with regards to the removal of judges, respecting the independence of the judiciary.” He said that Commonwealth believed the preservation of the rule of law and independence of the judiciary are vital to the healthy functioning of a democracy. He has stressed that “The Commonwealth’s Latimer House Principles, which govern the relationship between the three branches of government, are a cornerstone of our association’s values.” Adding that “All our member states have committed themselves to upholding the Latimer House Principles so that citizens’ faith and confidence in democratic culture is assured and the rule of law is maintained.”]]>

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