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Sri Lanka Speaker’s refusal to recognize UPFA Government condemned

Published Nov 08, 2018
Updated Jun 19, 2020

Sri Lanka’s United People’s Freedom Alliance-led government today condemned the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya’s refusal to recognize it until a majority is proven in parliament and called the Speaker’s statement today is a “personal and a politically driven” statement.

The Speaker in a hard-hitting statement slammed President Maithripala Sirisena for proroguing the parliament and said until a majority is proven in parliament by any party, he is compelled to accept the status that existed before the October 26 political coup.

Speaking during a media briefing held in Colombo today, Foreign Minister of the UPFA government Sarath Amunugama said it is unconstitutional and illegal for Speaker to make such a politically biased statement.

Minister Amunugama said the Prime Minister is appointed by the President and Speaker has no right to decide who should be the Prime Minister. The Speaker does not have any legal, moral or constitutional power to appoint a Prime Minister, he said.

He added that Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa had been appointed by the President according to the Constitution.

Minister Amunugama said the Speaker should be responsible if his statement leads to any conflict situation in the country.

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe condemning the Speaker’s statement said the Speaker has set a wrong precedence by refusing to acknowledge the appointment of a new Prime Minister.

The Minister said no one is allowed to violate the Constitution of the country and the President’s appointment of a new Prime Minister is not unconstitutional. If anyone sees the President’s move is unconstitutional, those can be challenged in the Supreme Court, he said.