No need for Prez to consult Speaker: GL

30 October 2018 05:00 am - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The joint opposition said yesterday there was no need for President Maithripala Sirisena to consult the Speaker when proroguing Parliament.

SLPP Chairman G.L. Peiris said the power to prorogue Parliament belongs to the President under the Constitution.

“He is under no obligation to consult the Speaker,” he said and added that Parliament was prorogued to give adequate time for the new government of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to prepare a vote of account to run the government for up to March 31, 2019.

Prof. Peiris said though a fully fledged budget could not be prepared within such a short period and pointed out that some thing similar happened when a new government was formed in 1994.

He said the Speaker had been suddenly awakened suddenly on this matter though he remained silent when PC elections were delayed. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 9

  • LUV Tuesday, 30 October 2018 08:11 AM

    Love pouring on President. Is not it?

    Samaraweera Tuesday, 30 October 2018 08:12 AM

    "The speaker had been suddenly awakened". Because being a UNP'er he has to support Ranil. As it is, he could lose his job if someone else is appointed speaker.

    Me Tuesday, 30 October 2018 08:30 AM

    You are a complete whack job of nature and the same idiot who said MR can run for Prez third time.

    Sarathsk Tuesday, 30 October 2018 08:31 AM

    He clearly shows that his brain malfuntions by trying to compare the prougarion of parliament to delaying of PC polls. This is why there is a requirement for university professors to retire at the age of 65.

    Buddhist Tuesday, 30 October 2018 08:38 AM

    The point raised by the Mahinda group is - since UPFA left the government the cabinet is dissolved and cannot maintain a 40 member cabinet. This is a false argument. Just because UPFA leaving there by some members of the cabinet leaving does not mean that there were 40 cabinet members when UPFA leave, hence there was a cabinet in place so the PM is still the PM and the cabinet is intact with a reduced number.

    Kumara Tuesday, 30 October 2018 08:39 AM

    Ahh the leader of the pppp party has spoken. Wait he is the leader isnt he? How come He isnt p.m?

    sam silva Tuesday, 30 October 2018 02:15 PM

    Who beleives this ex-professor? Talking nonsense. Basic democracy- without a parliamentary majority shown, how can MR be elected PM.If all what GL says is true and legal, why ban the parliament for 2 wks?Shame on you GL

    RR Tuesday, 30 October 2018 06:15 PM

    Aney. Foolish Prof. Keep your trap shut.

    GH Tuesday, 30 October 2018 07:03 PM

    Well said sir.

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