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Sri Lanka Speaker attempts damage control after Presidential outburst

By Our Political Correspondent

Oct 17, 2016 21:33 PM GMT+0530 | 4 Comment(s)


ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's parliamentary Speaker tried to assure members of independent commissions that he had confidence in them despite President Maithripala Sirisena's recent outburst questioning their integrity.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya is also the Chairman of the Constitutional Council, which appoints chairmen and members of the independent commissions established in line with the 19th amendment to the constitution.

"Severeal chairmen and members questioned if higher echelons of government had any concerns about the work," the Speaker said in a statement issued today amid a deepening crisis over President Sirisena's remarks on Wednesday.

The Speaker's statement came as the Director General of the independent Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) resigned in protest.

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CIABOC DG Dilrukshi Wickramasinghe became the first member of an independent body to resign in protest over interference by the executive into the work of the anti-graft commission, whose independence is guaranteed by the constitution.

The Speaker did not  refer to Wickramasinghe's resignation, but said there was no disagreement between the President and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe over the functioning of the independent bodies.

Jayasuriya also did not refer to Sirisena's remarks accusing the CIABOC of prosecuting three retired admirals and former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa without informing him (Sirisena).

The President also made it clear that the quartet should not have been hauled before courts and there should have been some respect for their contribution to crush Tamil Tigers in 2009.

Jayasuriya, however, asked all independent bodies to continue their work,  saying the people had high hopes that the institutions will deliver results.

President Sirisena returned to the island on Monday evening from neighbouring India, while Prime Minister Wickremesinghe is still in Brussels, negotiating tariff concessions from the European Union. (COLOMBO, Oct 17, 2016)


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  1. Walter October 20, 05:00 AM

    Current Government is a mixture of two major parties, UNP and SLFP. Using Presidential powers, UNP is taking revenge from their political enemies to survive in power. President cannot tolerate this anymore as everyone sees him doing the misconduct.

    The best solution is to dissolve the parliament, as it is very dangerous to Sri Lanka by operating 'without proper opposition'. It is quite possible that this government will not continue to 2017 in the current format.

  2. sacre blieu October 18, 06:27 AM

    'Get behind me temptation'. That was when we got our independence and the atmosphere was clean and encouraging with the moral high ground. Civil servants were spotlessly clean in every way, and the police brooked no nonsense from political interference.

    Today, we have achieved the pinnacle of all forms of criminal ,fraud and the manipulation of law to achieve our lustful goals to satisfy our base desire for wealth and power. The political and social fabric is as dirty as it was in the last several years. Even religion is not spared.

  3. Peter October 18, 04:29 AM

    Without a honest government, honest leaders in the Civil Services, and Statutory bodies, and honest political leadership the country and its peoples cannot achieve its goals. Corruption is the root of all evil in the government.You scratch my back and I will scratch yours days are over.

  4. Edward October 18, 02:06 AM

    Law applies to everyone equally and there are no privilege individuals. Serving in the defense forces does not have anything to do with the corruption. The protector of corruption that represents the ordinary people of Sri Lanka has been removed.

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