Nov 19, 2018

Parliament adjourned! (update)

Parliament was adjourned until 10.30am of Nov. 23, minutes after today's (19) session commenced.

The announcement was made by the deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri, who stated that the decision was taken according to an agreement at the party leaders meeting.

NCM vote

During the party leaders' meeting, the UNP had urged to hold a no confidence vote today itself.

Adding his voice, MP Mano Ganesan had said that the No-confidence debate and vote should be held today itself, considering the prevailing situation of the country.

However, this was met with strong disapproval from the opposite camp.

Reappoint parliamentary select committees

Speaking in parliament as the Leader of the House, Dinesh Gunawardena said all parliamentary select committees have become annulled after parliament was dissolved.

Therefore, he said that they would initially need to re-appoint select committees if a No-confidence motion is to be taken up.

This was opposed to by the UNF-led opposition benches.

Speaking as the Chief opposition whip - Anura Kumara Dissanayake pointed out that a group who lacked the majority vote in parliament is not capable of steering a select committee.

Adding his voice, S.B. Dissanayake said that a select committee cannot be appointed if a government does not exist.

(Last updated at 1.55pm Nov. 19, 2018)