Sri Lanka Speaker insists on vote to settle power struggle
ECONOMYNEXT – Parliamentary Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced Wednesday that he will allow a vote on the floor of the House to end a bitter power struggle and a constitutional that have crippled the country for nearly two weeks.
Jayasuriya’ said he will go along with the wishes of 116 legislators who wanted him to take up the question of resolving the crippling political crisis.
President Maithripala Sirisena’s faction in parliament was opposed to any other business apart from reading out his proclamation reconvening parliament on November 14, Jayasuriya said in a statement.
However, a majority of MPs (116) wanted to suspend standing orders of the House and take a vote to decide if the purported Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa had a majority as claimed.
The Speaker said he will go along with the majority of members who wanted to end the crisis by taking a vote soon after the president’s proclamation was read out. (COLOMBO, November 7, 2018)