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Sovereigntyof democracy prevails in the people and not in Parliament

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By ITN News Editor November 15, 2018 19:09

Sovereigntyof democracy prevails in the people and not in Parliament

Parliamentary sessions that were limited for one and a half hours yesterday and adjourned until today resumed sittings at 10 this morning under the patronage of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa making a special statement in Parliament today clarified at length the cause for the political situation that has surfaced in the country at present
Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the Prime Minister is appointed by the President and not the Speaker and accused Speaker Karu Jayasuriya of misusing his powers and acting in a biased manner.He also said that he does not care about the premiership and that he accepted the position to save the country from the brink of disaster.
Prime Minister Rajapaksa said that he had never seen a “darker day” like yesterday in Parliament of the country, referring to the no-confidence vote.He said that when the President invited him to take over the position of Prime Minister he could have said no and to let the UNP continue for another year. He said they have a duty to save the country from the brink of disaster.
Referring to the passing of a motion of no-confidence against him and the government at parliament yesterday, which was taken by voice vote, Prime Minister Rajapaksa said that such important votes cannot be taken by voice.He stated that the Prime Minister is appointed by the President and not the Speaker. He told the Speaker not to misunderstand his powers. Parliament has not given him those powers. He also accused the Karu Jayasuriya of misusing powers of the Speaker saying they were expecting an independent speaker not a biased speaker.The Prime Minister expressed his regret that the Speaker is acting for his “party and friends abroad”.
Premier Rajapaksa expressed his gratitude to the JVP for stating yesterday that they would support a motion to dissolve parliament and go for polls. “What is UNP’s stance?” he questioned.
He invited all 225 Members of the Parliament to support him to hold a General Election and not think about their pensions at this moment. He emphasized that they wantedageneral election.
The Prime Minister said that the government will reduce fuel prices once again tonight to give relief to masses.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 15, 2018 19:09
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