May 21, 2018

‘Thilanga will remain Dy. Speaker while in opposition’

Thilanga Sumathipala will continue to hold the post of Deputy Speaker while being in the Opposition, said the Spokesman for the 16 group that left the government, S.B. Dissanayake.

He said this in response to a question raised in Parliament on May 9th by MP Nalin Bandara Jayamaha, as to why a Deputy Speaker is not appointed despite Thilanga Sumathipala handing in his resignation.

Dissanayake in his response said, “Speakers in the past have served in this post being in the opposition, The Deputy Chairman of the Working Committee is also carrying out his duties while being in the opposition. Therefore, if our party agrees, Thilanga Sumathipala can still function as the Deputy Speaker, while being in the opposition.”

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