Friday, 16 November 2018

Lankan Prez accuses Speaker of violating parliamentary procedures By the Editor -NewsinAsia

Colombo, November 14: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday refused to accept a letter sent by parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya explaining  the happenings in the House earlier in the day, according to a ruling party member Dayasiri Jayasekara. Instead, he issued a statement saying that the Speaker had flouted parliamentary procedures in getting the No Trust Motion passed.
The President said that the Speaker had failed to adhere to Standing Orders and other Parliamentary procedures when it came to the No Confidence Motion against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his government.
Lankan Prez accuses Speaker of violating  parliamentary procedures


“The list of signatures attached with the motion has not been certified by Parliament,” Sirisena said whilst adding that the date of the motion had also been changed in an unacceptable matter.
Sirisena said the Parliamentary tradition does not make it necessary for a newly appointed Prime Minister to prove  majority support.
The President has the power to appoint any member of the house as Prime Minister, who, in his opinion, has  majority support in Parliament.
Sirisena said he is the sole ‘appointing authority’ in regard to the Prime Minister.
Earlier, released a copy of the No Confidence Motion and the letter sent to President Maithripala Sirisena.
The letter signed by 122 members of parliament stated that the cabinet and the Prime Minister were appointed in violation of the constitution.
The release added that copies of these letters and documents were sent to the President in order to facilitate the next course of action in line with the constitution.
Parliament convened at 10am on November 14) in accordance with Gazette notification 2095/50 which was issued by the President.
After general announcements made by the Speaker, Tamil National Alliance MP M. A. Sumandiran submitted a proposal to suspend the Standing Orders.
Thereafter members of the JVP (Anura Kumara Dissanayake and Vijitha Herath) submitted a No-Confidence Motion against the Government.
The JVP members had called on the Speaker to assess the opinion of the House. A vote was held on the NCM and a majority of the members who were present in Parliament voted in support of the NCM.
Thereafter MP Lakshman Kiriella proposed that the parliamentary session be adjourned till 10 am tomorrow November 15

Source:newsinAsia.com

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