We no longer follow Westminster system: Dayasiri

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Cabinet Spokesman and Skills Development Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara said today Sri Lanka did not follow the traditions of the British Parliament since it became a Republic in 1972 and that from 1978 onwards it was ruled under an Executive President.

He said this at the weekly Cabinet news briefing in response to a statement made by former leader of the House and Minister Lakshman Kiriella that Sri Lanka should follow the Westminster system.

“Today’s Parliamentary proceedings will be peaceful if the UNF-led opposition alliance does not pick a fight with the government on composition of the Select Committee to be established. The Parliamentary select committees had a majority representation during the regime of President Chandrika Kumaratunga in 1994 and during the 100-day programme in 2015, despite having the support of a lesser number of members than the opposition. Therefore, the government has already nominated seven members to the 12-member select committee. The UNPF-led alliance has no choice but to accept it. If someone intends to disrupt the proceedings in Parliament today, it will be the opposition,” he said.

Rejecting media reports that tourism has experienced a downturn as a result of the current political crisis, the minister said the impasse had not affected travel and tourism.

“I checked with the Tourism Promotion Bureau and its Chairman Sanath Ukwatte told me that not a single foreign travel operator cancelled tours to Sri Lanka. He also informed that a large group of ‘Barmy Army’ comprising hundreds of British tourists is arriving in Sri Lanka in a couple of days to watch the third test match and to spend their winter vacation,” he said.

Responding to a question raised by a journalist, the minister said President Maithripala Sirisena had never ordered the transfer of IP Nishantha de Silva to Negombo.

“Media reports are false. If the police chief says the transfer order came from the Presidential Secretariat then that is also incorrect. President Sirisena never gave such an order,” he said.

Replying to another question, he said the Constitutional Council was responsible for the removal of IGP Pujith Jayasundara and that the Police Commission of the President was not involved in appointing, transferring or taking disciplinary action against the IGP. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)

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  • Shas Thursday, 22 November 2018 09:37 PM

    You are correct we no longer follow Westminster system. Nor we follow democracy either

    Abey Friday, 23 November 2018 08:40 AM

    I wish you Shameless selfish S.O.Bs disappear from the earth. Go rule the HELL

    suraseana Friday, 23 November 2018 09:23 AM

    Now the system is called "Rila jumping for money"

    abc Thursday, 22 November 2018 10:11 PM

    That's why the MR, MS

    simple Thursday, 22 November 2018 10:12 PM

    You still have to act according to the constitution and the law of the land

    das Thursday, 22 November 2018 10:17 PM

    That much is obvious. We seem to have some real clowns governing us.

    Sunil Thursday, 22 November 2018 10:18 PM

    Please follow Madamulana system.

    Unchikun Thursday, 22 November 2018 10:23 PM

    The Westminster Hall is considered the "Mother of All Parliament". From what we saw how the Sri Lanka Parliament was conducted we can call it the "Toilet of All Parliament". It is because of these politicians.

    Govirala Thursday, 22 November 2018 10:26 PM

    One national hero, Anagarika Dharmapala warned us about Europeans granting us a fake independence and leave us with a bunch of Black white Sinhalese leaders ( JR, Ranil, Chandrika) who will rule us for them. This is s0 true today.

    Athula Friday, 23 November 2018 09:40 AM

    So much Balck whites here.

    Gamaya Friday, 23 November 2018 10:12 AM

    How come you forgot good old Solomon Banders!

    black white guy Friday, 23 November 2018 10:55 AM

    Unfortunately our all black black Sinhala guys seem to be to bungling it up

    Bota Thursday, 22 November 2018 10:38 PM

    We follow Chilli powder system.

    CS Thursday, 22 November 2018 10:43 PM

    Do you know what Westminister Tradition means?

    Westminister Thursday, 22 November 2018 10:54 PM

    Yes you need not say that we know that we don't follow west-minster system but you all follow MR cum MS system.(a govt. without majority)

    Gamini Thursday, 22 November 2018 10:57 PM

    The learned MP is a very clever and intelligent man!!!He thinks that no one in Sri Lanka knows about the Westminister parliamentary system it!!!Before we talk about the British System can you please enlighten us about the illegal appointment of the PM and the Cabinet in Sri Lanka by your leader, the President.As you are part of the illegal cabinet it is reasonable to assume that you are in a better position to talk about this illegal govt.

    vithura Thursday, 22 November 2018 11:16 PM

    The credit for authoring the obituary of principled democracy in post independent Sri Lanka must surely go to both the UNP and the SLFP. Republican constitution of 1972 followed by the 1977 constitution were the performance of last rites by the two parties!

    ravin Thursday, 22 November 2018 11:47 PM

    We only follow "hopper system" .

    Tourism Rep Thursday, 22 November 2018 11:54 PM

    Not sure about the British system, but one thing for sure there is a large number of cancellations by tourists booked for December guaranteed as you talk to anyone in the industry they will tell you. Talking of the barmy army is useless as they have been here when this mess started and they will be there for the 3rd test for sure. I am sure Mr Ukwatte said this based on his own hotel property bookings but not from the Industry as they share a different view.

    TONY Friday, 23 November 2018 12:18 AM

    IF MEDIA REPORTS ARE FALSE, WHY THE HELL ARE YOU PEOPLE THEN GIVING STATEMENTS TO MEDIA FOR PUBLICATION.

    BSP Friday, 23 November 2018 12:25 AM

    You don't have to tell us, on October 26, we all came to know what your system is going to be.

    TONY Friday, 23 November 2018 12:31 AM

    WE ONLY FOLLOW MR SYSTEM

    Ram Friday, 23 November 2018 07:53 AM

    We know you follow the thuggery system and that is very effective

    Sambo Friday, 23 November 2018 07:54 AM

    Sure you are not following the west minister system any more. That system is only followed by gentleman and not hooligans like you, So you follow a system of thugary as you guys are not educated enough.

    Gihan Friday, 23 November 2018 08:21 AM

    Misrepresentation of the facts yet again by another puppet!

    Buddhist Friday, 23 November 2018 08:53 AM

    If not Westminster System what system are you following Dayasiri? Are you following the "Monkey System"? Jumping from UNP to SLFP to Pohottuwa to SLFP.. very soon back to UNP? Do you know what shame means, supporting a murderous leader.

    xlntgson Friday, 23 November 2018 08:55 AM

    Yes, of course, this is neither here nor there, nether world, deep under 6 ft. 'one man show'

    Lal Silva Friday, 23 November 2018 09:04 AM

    Isn't it obvious that we follow no system at all, let alone Westminster system.

    Sunil Friday, 23 November 2018 09:18 AM

    We are now following "The Law of the Jungle" for sure.One day these men must be tried for treason for conspiracy to overturn a lawfully appointed government of the people and hanged in public to teach people like these the supreme lesson of not betraying their country for petty personal gain.They will grow old and die in shame as they do now live like walking dead. What is to happen to the future generations.Would they have to behave like this to govern our country.

    SN Friday, 23 November 2018 10:51 AM

    This is the new Jara Mara Sira System. We dont follow Westminster system.

    Keeraipidi Friday, 23 November 2018 03:19 PM

    Now you are following Srilankan System - is chilli powder not yet sold out?

    sach Friday, 23 November 2018 10:30 PM

    We are following executive presidential system. We left Westminster system in 1978!

    Ikekumar Friday, 23 November 2018 11:55 PM

    What university you studied political science? You are like a barking dog. It barks for all movements. It is paranoid of every thing. You insult Buddhism para balla. Your country is the only country in the world minority rule. It is total failure of Buddhism.

    Buddhasana Saturday, 24 November 2018 12:02 AM

    You all are part of the third worl country. You never learn And you never earn to join the civilized world. You all are monkeysescaped from Willpaththu.

    CITIZEN Saturday, 24 November 2018 02:08 PM

    Understandable because you do not know what Westminster system is. You think it is another Hambantota Rock elsewhere!!!


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