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Decisions taken at SLPP meeting ‘illegal’ – GL

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Member of Parliament (MP) Prof. G. L. Pieris has levelled allegations at the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), claiming that the party meeting held this morning (22 April) was ‘illegal’.

Issuing a statement in this regard, Prof. Pieris further noted that all decisions taken at the said meeting are not, in any way, valid, and will therefore be deemed null and void.

Thus, the MP asserted that all relevant court action will be taken to deem the decisions taken at this morning’s meeting invalid.

The SLPP today unanimously decided to appoint Ven. Uthurawala Dhammarathana Thera as the Party Chairman, replacing Prof. Pieris.

The meeting took place at 10:00 a.m. today, under the patronage of Party Leader, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

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G.L. hints at Impeachment against President

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MP of the Freedom People’s Congress – Prof. G.L. Peiris has warned of a possible impeachment motion against President Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Speaking at a media briefing today (Dec. 11) Prof. Peiris has said that an impeachment can be brought forth on the grounds of the constitution being violated by the President’s arbitrary interference in the affairs of the Constitutional Council.He also emphasized that the opposition will stand united against the President’s dictatorial rule.

Pointing out that 2024 is a year of elections with the Presidential election and General Election already announced, Prof. Peiris emphasised that it is of utmost importance that the Constitutional Council is allowed to function independently during elections.

He also said that there is a reasonable doubt that the vacancy at the Election Commission is not being filled with the objective of scrapping future elections.The MP also said that there is a possibility of Sri Lanka losing the GSP+ concession due to the violation of international conventions.

He further noted that the international community has already given Sri Lanka a red light due to the implementation of the Prevention of Terrorism Act and has notified that democracy should be secured during the election period.

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Around 50 escape from Kandakadu Rehab. Centre

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At least 50 inmates at the Kandakadu Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre have escaped, Police said today (11).

However, around 15 have been recaptured and are currently in police custody, police spokesperson – SSP Attorney-At-Law – Nihal Thalduwa says.

The escape had taken place during a tense situation at the centree and measures are underway to recapture the remaining persons.

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Full list  of VAT exempted list, released

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The amended list of items exempted from the VAT was tabled in Parliament today (Dec. 11).

The Third Reading of the Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill was passed in Parliament earlier this evening by a majority of 45 votes.


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