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Parliament to be made Constitutional Assembly

15 December 2015 03:36 am - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

President Maithripala Sirisena is to present a motion to convert the Parliament into a Constitutional Assembly on January 9, 2016, informed sources said yesterday.

This date was fixed at a party leaders meeting held yesterday with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. The party leaders have decided to hold sessions on Saturday January 9, they said.

Also the motion to set up 18 oversight committees will also be presented on that day.

Several pacts signed by Foreign Affairs Ministry are to be presented to the House for approval on December 19.

Meanwhile a disagreement occurred between UPFA members and the government on the date of the debate on the no confidence motion on Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake.

MP Dinesh Gunawardane had asked for a date for the debate while leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella had said there was no need for a no-confidence motion as the budget vote would be a vote of confidence on the Minister.

However the Speaker had decided to call another party leaders meeting to decide on the matter on some other date. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 6

  • Nihal Amarasekera Tuesday, 15 December 2015 09:27 AM

    On the right path least.

    dinesh Tuesday, 15 December 2015 09:48 AM

    Nothing more than a name change I suppose. Would not believe any change in conduct and behavior of members and qualification to be selected as a member. Sometimes 225 quota would go up.

    Appuhaamy Tuesday, 15 December 2015 10:28 AM

    This is what nation building is all about.

    Gamaraala Tuesday, 15 December 2015 10:44 AM

    This Oversight Committee system is a very good idea from RW. But it is upto this government to sell the concept to the country.

    Bippity Boppity Boo Tuesday, 15 December 2015 11:00 AM

    The no confidence motion in Ravi Karunanayake is very important. Not only the UPFA the masses too have lost confidence in this man.

    Suba Tuesday, 15 December 2015 02:17 PM

    This would allow the joint government to pass a constitute that is not favorable to the nation. Big conspiracy. Would Sri Lankan understand that?

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