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President accuses Speaker of breaching standing orders and Parliamentary traditions

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 15, 2018 19:20

President accuses Speaker of breaching standing orders and Parliamentary traditions

President Maithripala Sirisena has said that Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had acted in a manner neglecting the Constitution, Standing Orders and Parliamentary traditions. The President has made this reference responding to a letter directed to him by the Speaker.
In his letter, the President said proper procedures were not followed as was required by the Constitution and with regard to Standing Orders when submitting the No-Confidence Motion against the Prime Minister to Parliament. The President emphasized that the Speaker had neglected the Constitution, the Standing Orders and the Parliamentary traditions.
The President said that there are provision for him to appoint as Prime Minister the Member of Parliament, who, in the President’s opinion, is most likely to command the confidence of Parliament”, the letter read. The opinion of the President cannot be questioned or tested. He is expected to evaluate the prevailing situation and decide on the person best suited for the country.
The President pointed out that there is no opportunity or Parliamentary tradition to show there is or no majority for the Prime Minister or the Government. The President expressed his concern over the attempt made by the Speaker to consolidate facts that related resolution was adopted directing a document with signatures which had not properly being certified by Parliament.
In his letter the President mentioned that on 09 January 2015 United National Party Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe was appointed as the Prime Minister while having only 41 seats in Parliament, despite removing D.M. Jayaratne having 162 seats in Parliament and representing the United Peoples Freedom Alliance. It was done at the political request made by the United National Party. In his missive to the Speaker, the President recalled with concern the responsibility of the person being appointed as the Speaker, acting independently to safeguard the dignity of the Supreme Parliament and protecting the trust placed by the people in this respect irrespective of entering Parliament the political party he represented. The President said that he vehemently rejected the statement made by the Speaker in his letter that the appointments and orders are in contrary to the Constitution.
The President underlined that the initiatives taken by him were legal decisions which are in conformity to the constitution. The President has further pointed out that the old date of the first copy of the signed document sent by the Speaker has been deleted and replaced with the date November 14th. The President continued to mention in his letter that it is the President who has the sole authority to appoint a Prime Minister according to the Constitution.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 15, 2018 19:20

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