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Speaker makes a special statement in Parliament

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By ITN News Editor February 7, 2019 18:56

Speaker makes a special statement in Parliament

President Maithripala Sirisena expressed views in Parliament yesterday on the Constitutional Council. A tense situation surfaced in Parliament today with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya expressing his views on this matter.
The Speaker in a special statement noted that the Constitutional Council in principle does not use seniority as a measuring stick when making appointments, adding that the names approved for various posts were selected from the list of names directed by President Maithripala Sirisena. He claimed the Council does not make appointments arbitrarily adding all decisions were made in a just manner. He said despite the President claiming yesterday that he recommended 12 names for certain posts he only proposed 3 to 4 names. In such circumstances accusing the Constitutional Council of rejecting the names is an unfair and unjust allegation. The Speaker said if appointments were made through seniority then the job role of the Council is null and void.
The Council does not intend on pinpointing shortcomings and in turn arguing, reiterating the Council is bound to adhere to the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and select suitable persons for posts. The Speaker stated individuals who are facing charges before the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption or face any other charge, and those who have not been recommended by the Chief Justice cannot be endorsed.
Member Mahinda Amaraweera said that that they cannot be satisfied with the views expressed by the Speaker. They are clearly aware that a major issue has surfaced in the judicial sector.
The Speaker said that the President expressed views on the Constitutional Council and as the head of the Council he too had the right to express his views and he did so. He said that the Leader of the House will give another date to debate it.
Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella said that they had agreed to hold a debate at the next Parliamentary session. He said that they would not attend the debate if the members acted in this manner. He added that at yesterday’s party leaders meeting they agreed to grant a debate.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor February 7, 2019 18:56