Sri Lanka Speaker asks president to reconvene parliament

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s parliament speaker Karu Jayasuriya Tuesday asked the country’s president to reconvene parliament without further delay to enable lawmakers to decide which party commands a majority.

Jayasuriya wrote to President Maithripala Sirisena saying four political parties, including the United National Party, which had been part of the coalition government, had asked him to reconvene parliament.

The other parties were the leftist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and two minority parties, Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC).

Jayasuriya said Sirisena should recall parliament to safeguard the rights and privileges of lawmakers.

Sirisena Friday suspended parliament after sacking Ranil Wickremesinghe of the UNP as prime minister and replacing him with former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Jayasuriya told Sirisena he had to recall parliament "in the name of democracy".

"If you do not, we will not be able to stop people taking alternate action to protect their democratic rights," Jayasuriya said in the letter.

(COLOMBO, 30 October, 2018)

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