16th November 2018

Parliament adjourned until Nov 19

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Police enter Parliament chamber The Speaker has announced that the Parliament will be adjourned until November 19. He said that the parliament will reconvene at 1.00 p.m. on that date. Reportedly, the Speaker has taken a vote on the removal of Clause 01 of no-confidence motion by voice instead of names. The parliament reconvened this afternoon (16) for the consecutive date, however due to the tense situation that emerged within the House, commencing the parliamentary session was obstructed. Police personnel had entered the Parliament chamber to control the situation due to the protest by government MPs, who are obstructing the commencement of the parliamentary session. However, the government MPs gathered near the chair and protesting, while also occupying the chair prevented the police officers from […]

Mahinda refuses to leave PM’S Chair although he has only 96 MP’s support him.

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2.00: The parliamentary  session which was scheduled to be commenced at 1.30 pm today is getting delayed because of the demonstration which is being held inside the house by Mahinda’s MP’s who are unable show 113 Mp’s to support them. Mahinda group only has 96 MP’s of the 225 MP’s to support them, so they have no choice than to disrupt the parliament to stay in the power. Mahinda is refusing to leave the PM’S Chair although most of the MP’s dont support him, his SLPP MP’s are refusing the parliament to carry on with the session. Commotion in parliament The parliamentary  session which was scheduled to be commenced at 1.30 pm today is getting delayed because of the demonstration which is being held inside […]

Malwathu Mahanayake urges President to convene Parliament

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The Mahanayake of the Malwathu Chapter, Venerable Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera today requested President Maithripala Sirisena to convene Parliament and find a solution to end the current political instability in the country. In a letter, the Thera said he hoped that the President and the Parliament would be able to come up with solutions which are constitutional and ethical. “Immediate measures need to be taken to prevent the further collapse of the country,” the prelate said in the letter. (Nadeeka Daya Bandara)

UK urged to stop forced returns of Tamils to Sri Lanka

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The British Government has been urged to stop all forced returns of Tamils to Sri Lanka from the UK. A senior group of Labour MPs have called on the UK Government to take immediate measures to protect and promote fundamental rights and freedoms for Tamils in Sri Lanka and to stop all forced returns to the island from the UK, in light of the on-going constitutional crisis in the country.  In letters to the Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary, the MPs have raised serious concerns about the potential repercussions for the Tamil community – “who have so often borne the brunt of terrible human rights violations” – following President Sirisena’s attempts to dissolve Parliament and appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister, a man who conducted a reign of […]

Sirisena Wants First Clause Removed From NCM: Requests Party Leaders To Go For A ‘Vote By Name’

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President Maithripala Sirisena, at the meeting with political party leaders, has informed them to take another vote on the No Confidence Motion against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, without its first clause. The first clause says the gazette notifications issued by President Maithripala Sirisena appointing former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister and proroguing Parliament be declared null and void. Sirisena has also informed that he is in a position to accept the verdict of the legislature if the vote is conducted by name, according to Parliamentary traditions and procedures. In return, he has promised that he will not obstruct the functioning of the legislature again by proroguing Parliament. “He said he would not prorogue Parliament again and will support the ‘majority’ group in the house to […]