‘Give sufficient notice before convening Constitutional Assembly

Published : 9:09 am  January 11, 2019 | No comments so far |  | 


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DM_20190111_A006-6By Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera   

Joint Opposition MP Wimal Weerawansa said yesterday it was a violation of Standing Orders and the agreement reached by the House to convene the Constitutional Assembly today with just one day’s prior notice. 

He told parliament that it was decided by the House previously that three-days prior notice should be given before convening the Constitutional Assembly and added that it has been hastily convened today.   

MP Dinesh Gunawardane, who validated Mr. Weerawansa’s point, said the Constitutional Assembly should be convened according to Standing Orders and added that it cannot be done hastily.   

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who responded, said the Constitutional Assembly was convened on Friday following the agreement reached at the party leaders meeting.   

“This is not a new trend. The Constitutional Assembly has been convened on earlier occasions within short notice following agreement reached by party leaders and the House,” he said.