Speaker's approval for proroguing Parliament: UNP to bring Constitutional amendment

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United National Party (UNP) today said they would bring in an amendment to the Constitution to provide provisions for President to seek Speaker's approval for proroguing Parliament.

This was announced by UNP National Organizer Navin Dissanayake at a media briefing last morning.

"We intend to bring in an amendment to the Constitution to empower the Speaker to have the final say when proroguing the House. Our amendment will make provisions for the President to seek Speaker's approval when proroguing the House," Mr. Dissanayake said.

As of now he said the UNP was confident that the House would be convened next week.

MP Ajith P. Perera said that Speaker could convene Parliament as per the interpretations that have been made by former Speakers Anura Bandaranaike and Jospech Michael Perera.

"Mr. Bandaranaike clearly stated that Parliament is supreme and judiciary cannot overrule it. He said this with regard to the impeachment motion brought against then Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva. Also Mr. Perera had said that convening the House is a matter with regard to administration of Parliament. Speaker had the administration power of the House," he said. (Yohan Perera)

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  • nsathees Monday, 05 November 2018 07:12 AM

    So speaker (Karu from UNP) is at fault now?

    Citizen Perera Monday, 05 November 2018 08:03 AM

    Abolish..* MP's Pension scheme...* crossovers...* duty free vehicle concessions'.

    Prov Monday, 05 November 2018 11:39 AM

    Very TRUE ("Crossover") . Provision must be made that when MP's crossover, that THEY would automatically ceases the membership of the Party under and the SEAT in Parliament.

    Anura Monday, 05 November 2018 08:51 AM

    In addition bring in that if one wishes to cross over to another party, such a member should resign his post and recontest under his new party.

    lkboy Monday, 05 November 2018 10:00 AM

    how are they gonna get it approved?

    asela Monday, 05 November 2018 10:21 AM

    UNP bunch of thieves and rogues are very well aware how M H Mohamed acted by accepting a huge bribe when impeachment was to be taken for debate against premadasa.


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