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Several opposition MPs today requested Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to order media to refrain from indicating that there is a government in the country at the moment in their news reports.

This request was made by MPs S. M. Marikkar, Hirunika Premachnadra and Rauff Hakeem.

“You have officially mentioned that there is no government, a Prime Minister or a Cabinet at the moment. Therefore, it is appropriate that you order them not to indicate that there is a government, a Cabinet and a Prime Minister. Media refer to Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister and calls others in UPFA as ministers. This is not correct as you have declared that there is no government at the moment while the official Hansard in Parliament had reported the same. Therefore you should order the media to change the ways they report,” Mr. Hakeem said.

Ms. Premachnadra said media should stop being servile to certain politicians.  (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

 

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  • Jaliya Tuesday, 27 November 2018 08:11 PM

    Whether you like it or not there is a legitimate government in the country as we speak now. The government is not elected but appointed. How legitimate the appointments are a legal issue be determined by a court of law. Did any of the previous members of the government challenge this in a court of law ? NOOOO they're too busy trying to prove the majority overnight.

    Karu Tuesday, 27 November 2018 08:45 PM

    If the President can remove or appoint Governments according to his whims and fancies something is seriously wrong with the Constitution. For seventy years after independence we have existed as a civilized nation despite constraints. President is drawing examples from the wrong places.

    Saradiel Tuesday, 27 November 2018 09:06 PM

    To my understanding, showing the majority in parliament and to get the right to govern is a responsibility of the parliament. Nothing to do with courts. What can they do other than to say party with the majority support should be the government?

    Defunct Tuesday, 27 November 2018 08:43 PM

    MR is the third choice, the owner of the defunct government, but where is the 4th proposal? Is there anyone from SLFP?

    johan Tuesday, 27 November 2018 09:24 PM

    MR already received membership of SLPP.but it is not a recognised party in parliament.Can't understand in which lawMS appointed him as Premier

    Siripala Tuesday, 27 November 2018 09:04 PM

    Since Independence all subsequent Governments were a failure


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