Showdown at party leaders’ meeting

Published : 12:00 am  November 3, 2018 | No comments so far |  | 


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By Kelum Bandara

The political crisis turned further restive yesterday when parliamentarians from the United National Party (UNP) and the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) verbally clashed during a meeting with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya in the parliamentary complex.   


The showdown took place when the Speaker said President Maithripala Sirisena had not communicated with him about a fresh date for the reconvening of Parliament. Parliament which is prorogued till November 16 can be reconvened if the President issues a gazette notice with the new date.   

UNP representatives comprising Rajitha Senaratne, Patali Champika Ranawaka, Ajith P. Perera and Lakshman Kiriella insisted that Parliament should be reconvened with any further delay and underlined the fact that this ‘unlawful government’ should not be allowed to function any longer.  

They even vowed to forcibly reconvene Parliament.   

However, government representatives comprising Dinesh Gunawardane, Nimal Siripala de Silva and Mahinda Samarasinghe said only the President had power to prorogue parliament and therefore nobody should violate the Constitution by challenging his position.