Nov 02, 2018

Parliament will be convened on Nov. 7 - speaker Featured

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya told party leaders at a meeting at the parliamentary complex this morning (02) that he had been informed by president Maithripala Sirisena that parliament would be convened on November 07.

The gazette is yet to be printed, but I pray and believe parliament will meet on that day, he said.

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At this meeting, a joint proposal by 118 MPs was handed over to the speaker.

Later, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said they, excepting Ranil Wickremesinghe, were there to ask for a convening of parliament.

Responding to claims by SLFP that a majority needs not be demonstrated on the first day of sittings, he said a vote would be taken on the speech by the president as well.

If that vote is defeated, the government will have to be dissolved, he said, adding that according to the constitution, a general election cannot be held until four years elapsed.

TNA stand

Sumanthiran 670px 17 02 18No decisionTNA’s M.A. Sumanthiran said the president’s expulsion of Ranil Wickremesinghe, appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa and proroguing parliament all were against the law.

He said however, no decision has been taken to support Wickremesinghe.

If the president does not convene parliament on November 07, the speaker has the powers to do so, he said.

All Ceylon People’s Congress leader Risath Bathiudeen said he would never oppose democracy with the hope of gaining ministerial positions.

He said he would support Wickremesinghe.

SLMC’s decision

Expressing concern over the country’s situation, SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem condemned the conduct of the president.

He urged the speaker to convene parliament immediately, without allowing MPs to be sold and bought.

Meanwhile, UNP’s deputy leader Sajith Premadasa says he met president Sirisena with the full knowledge of party leader Wickremesinghe.

It will be good if the concessions given to the public are not politically-motivated, he said.

Yesterday, Wickremesinghe met with Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at Temple Trees.

Gotabhaya’s spokesman Milinda Rajapaksa said via facebook the meeting took place for seven minutes from 4.10 pm.

At the meeting, Gotabhaya informed Wickremesinghe the government was having a majority, and the latter too, claimed likewise.