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Fmr Speaker : “I will not create another crisis by summoning Parliament”

CONSTITUTIONAL COUNCIL – Former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya chaired today’s Constitutional Council meeting in Colombo/Parliament Communications Division

ECONOMYNEXT – The Constitutional Council (CC) is calling on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to obtain the views and suggestions of the party leaders in the recently dissolved Parliament in dealing with the COVID 19 crisis.

The CC today April 23 met under the chairmanship of former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya at the Speaker’s official residence.

Jayasuriya quashed speculation that he was going to unilaterally summon Parliament.

“I will not precipitate a Constitutional Crisis to compound the crises we are facing,” he told the members, a media release from the Parliamentary office said.

Jayasuriya said that it was up to the Courts to offer a solution to the Constitutional crisis.

The members of the council discussed the workings of the various independent commissions with the National Police Commission being the centre of the discussion.

Letters received by the CC with regard to the NPC were discussed. Several members expressed opinions about transfers of senior police officers and the Chairman said that these concerns would be brought to the notice of the Commissioners.

The situation around COVID 19 was discussed with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa giving a lengthy presentation about the government’s relief efforts as well as efforts to curb the spread of the disease.

The members said that the Executive needs to consult party leaders when taking key decisions with regard to the COVID 19 issue.

The CC also discussed the issues faced by Sri Lankan workers in the Middle East and how they could be repatriated.

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The prime minister assured the CC that the government was acting to help these workers as well as the students who were stranded in various countries.

Other than Jayasuriya and Rajapaksa the meeting was attended by former Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa, TNA leader R Sampanthan, Mahinda Samarasinghe, Thalatha Atukorale, Bimal Rathnayaka, Jayantha Dhanapala, Naganathan Sellvakumaran and Javed Yusuf. (Colombo April 23, 2020)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana