No impediment to MR being opposition leader: UPFA

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  • Speaker is right to have named him to that post

 

By Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana  

The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) yesterday countered the argument raised by the government and the TNA that the newly-appointed Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa and several others had obtained SLPP membership and said Mr. Rajapaksa could hold the post because the group he belonged to is the second largest in the House.

UPFA MP Susil Premajayantha said the UPFA which is the largest group in the opposition is eligible to hold the opposition leader’s Post. 


“There are six parties in the House and UPFA which is one of them holds the most number of seats in the opposition. Therefore the Speaker is right to have named Mr. Rajapaksa as the Leader of the Opposition,” he said.  
UPFA MP Dinesh Gunawardene said the Speaker cannot change the decision he had made now as he had conveyed his decision to the international community including the International Parliamentary Union (IPU). 
 He asked the Speaker whether General Secretaries of the UPFA and the  SLFP had informed him about any decision to take action against these who had obtained SLPP membership.

 

 There are six parties in the House and UPFA which is one of them holds the most number of seats in the opposition.  

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