Parliament to convene tomorrow after Covid testing clears MPs
ECONOMYNEXT- The Committee on Parliamentary business has decided to convene Parliament on January 19 and 20 at 10 a.m. following the COVID-19 cases reported from the House last week.
Director of Communications at Parliament, Shan Wijethunga told EconomyNext that a total of 943 PCR tests were conducted in the parliament out of which 32 tests were done on MPs while the rest consists of Parliament staff, affiliated offices and security including the police.
While all the 32 MPs tested negative, he said 9 others tested positive for COVID-19 which includes 4 staff members, 4 security forces personnel and 1 from affiliated offices.
Moreover, he said that no time allocation is given for a debate for the opposition in the parliament in the coming two days to debate about Ranjan Ramanayake who was imprisoned recently for 4 years for contempt of court.
However, Opposition Parliamentarians M A Sumanthiran and Ranjith Madduma Bandara met Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene and asked him to make arrangements for Ramanayake to be brought to Parliament.
Ramanayake’s party, the Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) insists that Ramanayake cannot be disqualified as a Member and he should be allowed to attend Parliament.
The former Deputy Minister was convicted by the Supreme Court for telling reporters at a press conference in 2017 that between 90 per cent and 95 per cent of Judges were corrupt.
The SJB has said it will stand with Ramanayake, a popular actor with a penchant for controversial statements. (Colombo/Jan18/2021)
Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe