Sri Lanka Parliament takes a break till Friday

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Parliament adjourned till November 23 after a discussion over appointing a select committee to probe unruly behavior and damage to public property by some legislators in a week that has two religious holidays.

UNP’s Lakshman Kiriella proposed that a select committee be appointed to probe unruly behavior of legislators.

Parliament ended in uproar for two days with legislators loyal to Mahinda Rajapaksa throwing objects at the Speaker who was given police protection.

Dinesh Gunewardene said the majority comprising backers of the Mahinda Rajapaksa faction was now the government.

Mangala Samaraweera said there was no government as conveyed by the Speaker following the passage of no-confidence motion.

JVP leader Anura Dissanayake said a group which had no majority in parliament could not have a majority in a select committee.

At a party leaders’ meeting there were objections to yet another no-confidence motion being filed by the United National Front and affiliated groups and being debated today itself, with the Rajapska faction wanting 5 days of notice.

General Sarath Fonseka said they could wait and take another vote as well.

Legislator Ruwan Wijewardene said they were prepared to take another vote on November 28 to show a majority.

National Freedom Font Leader Wimal Weerawansa said Sarath Weerasekera had gone to court, asking whether parliamentary sessions were legal. (Colombo/Nov19/2018)

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