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Prove simple majority and remove me’, Sri Lanka Speaker tells government

Published Nov 24, 2018
Updated Jun 12, 2020

Responding to the government parliamentarians’ allegation that the Speaker is biased towards the opposition parties, Sri Lanka Speaker Karu Jayasuriya told the government to prove its majority and pass a no-confidence motion against him.

Issuing a statement, the Speaker’s Media Office said the at the beginning of the party leaders’ meeting held today under his leadership, the Speaker noted that representatives of several political parties holding contrary views are in attendance and requested them to respect each other’s views peacefully.

The Speaker has presented a lengthy explanation of how he intervened in the defense of Parliamentary democracy in the face of unprecedented crises in parliamentary history that arose after October 26 and his stance on the issues.

The speaker stressed that he is still on the same stance as when he met President on October 27 that the new government has to prove majority clearly and pointed out that it is the responsibility of the side that usurped the power to show majority.

Since 122 parliamentarians of four out of the six political parties in the Parliament have continuously proved, by the motion of No Confidence and Written Statements, that they would not accept the present regime, the Speaker pointed out that he would have to listen to the majority opinion and it is never being biased.

However, if the speaker is unsuitable, the government could bring in a no-confidence motion against him and pass it by a simple majority, he pointed out.

The speaker said that he would be happy if the new government can show the strength of the majority by tabling a no-confidence motion against him. “When such a simple measure can be taken against him, actions such as occupying Speaker’s Chair by force, obstructing the entry to the Chamber and protesting outside the parliament are futile acts,” the Speaker has said at the party leaders’ meeting.

The Speaker said is committed to continue to give the government opportunity to prove its majority and the government would have a valuable opportunity during the parliament session on 29th November.

Following the Speaker’s clarification, the attention was focused on the appointments to the Parliamentary Select Committee. However, no final agreement was reached at the party leaders’ meeting.

The Speaker, pointing out that all his actions up to now are consistent with the Standing Orders, said in terms of Standing Orders 136/143 that can be used in such a crisis and according to the powers vested in the Speaker, he will announce a fair final decision on the selections to the PSC.

Accordingly, the majority parliamentary group of 122 MPs will have 7 representations in the PSC while the government side that has not yet been able to show majority will have five representations in the Parliamentary Select Committee, the Speaker announced. However, he expressed confidence that a better solution can be arrived at after December 07.

Following the party leaders’ meeting, the Parliament session commenced at 10:30 a.m.

According to the Standing Orders 114 of Parliament, the Speaker should make appointments to the 12-member Parliamentary Select Committee, with Speaker as the Chair and representatives of the political parties in parliament.

Since there was no agreement at the party leaders’ meeting, in accordance with the Standing Orders 136 and 143 and powers vested in the Speaker, the Speaker has nominated following members to the PSC for approval of parliament.

United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA)
Dinesh Gunawardena
S.B. Dissanayake
Nimal Siripala de Silva
Mahinda Samarasinghe
Wimal Weerawansa

United National Party
Lakshman Kiriella
Rauff Hakeem
Rishad Bathiudeen
Mano Ganesan
Patali Champika Ranawaka

Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK representing TNA)
Mavai Senathirajah

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)
Vijitha Herath