MPs putting a price on their value, Speaker's behaviour led to dissolution: Prez

2018-11-11 21:59:31

In a special statement, President Maithripala Sirisena today said the parliament was dissolved due to the sad situation where elected MPs were putting a price on their value and the 'amazing behaviour' of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

The President said it was unfortunate to note that some MPs had put a price on their value when the two main political camps were attempting to show the majority in parliament. 

“This was one of the main reasons which led to the dissolution of parliament. The other reason was the ‘amazing behaviour’ of the Speaker. Initially, he agreed to accept Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister and several days later, he said he recognizes Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister. In the meantime, some MPs said a tense situation was possible on the day the parliament was scheduled to reconvene. Therefore, I decided to dissolve parliament so that the people of Sri Lanka can reelect a new set of MPs who are clean and genuine," he said. 

He said he would support the Election Commission in conducting a free and fair election and requested everyone to provide their fullest corporation to the Commission, the Police Department and the armed forces. 

The President also requested all former ministers, deputy ministers, state ministers and MPs to return the state vehicles and other state properties. "Only the members of the caretaker government will be allowed to use state vehicles and properties," he said. 


  Comments - 47

  • Londis Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:08

    Yeah, cover up your evilness by putting the blame on someone else.

    Reply : 29       306

    Scooby Doo Monday, 12 November 2018 09:36

    See who is talking about genuineness?

    Reply : 0       49

    Sofia Monday, 12 November 2018 10:01

    All his talks are lamentations of why he is incapable to handle situations. Nothing positive.

    Reply : 0       45

    Yehiya Monday, 12 November 2018 10:11

    Thanking to Speaker. Stand for democracy.

    Reply : 1       42

    Dilan Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:10

    Once the MR and his ministers contest the election from the slpp, MS and his ministers will have no chance at the election. Like the local government election they won't even come close. If MR becomes PM the next person he will kick out is MS! The best part is that he still thinks he's in control !

    Reply : 13       273

    Suresh Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:10

    No one sane would believe any of you

    Reply : 18       244

    Rodney Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:11

    Why did you prorogued the parliament?. Wasn't it to get to get time to buy over some MP's? When it failed now coming out with a cock and bull story. Mee Rangedaaaa?

    Reply : 10       254

    Saman Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:15

    Ha ha. Then why did MPs came to your house after dark? None of these reasons matters and not included in the constitution. if Court decides against this guy, MS and MR both gone with no-faith motions. And MR can never be a PM ever. What a foolish leader we have.

    Reply : 14       213

    Podipuththa Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:21

    U are talking about amazing behaviour .its too funny. Why you don't know who is tried to buy the MPs. U need 2 weeks to realize it. U did the wrong then doing wrongs to hide ur wrongs.

    Reply : 9       188

    Hasan Monday, 12 November 2018 10:17

    He has betrayed the mandate of the people. I think we have a punishment for treason in our country.

    Reply : 0       32

    Summa Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:22

    And the guy offered the "price" couldn't get his "prize", that's what lead to this ! Must at least have a backbone to tell the truth or NOT tell the lies !!

    Reply : 7       150

    De Silva Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:23

    This is all bumkam. It is his party who put the price on MP's to cross over from the UNP. The UNF had the necessay majority. It is they who were canvassing MPsCant you remember Range Bandara's telephone conversation

    Reply : 6       142

    Unchikun Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:25

    Oops! Making a lot of excuses for a the actions that backfired. His PM says the parliament was dissolved to give the voters to select the representatives. The president says that the parliament was dissolved to stop MPs selling themselves. What about brothels?

    Reply : 7       128

    Vijay Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:25


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    Shan Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:26

    Nonsense. President knew that his policy statement would be voted down and the 'selected PM' would suffer a no confidence. These are the reasons for dissolution.

    Reply : 6       126

    Gune Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:28

    What a bluff Mr. President When are you going admit your selfish ambitions which has led to this situation. It is you and nobody but you who has degraded Sri Lanka to its lowest level. You were well aware of the monies being thrown in. Despite this huge money you still failed to secure a majority in Parliament. So stop making scapegoats of others for your failure. Shame on you Mr. President. You are the most hated man in Sri Lanka today.

    Reply : 8       149

    Reality Check Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:29


    Reply : 7       102

    Keeraipidi Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:31

    Yes MR was a better gamblers than MS. Even if MS stepped down, I'm afraid, it won't be truthful.

    Reply : 7       88

    SN Monday, 12 November 2018 09:27

    He has more trumps than him.

    Reply : 0       17

    rohan Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:32

    If an election was held and UNP gets majority with Ranil as leader what is your next trump card? Resign?

    Reply : 8       121

    Gamini Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:33

    really? Did you listen to SB's phone soliciting?

    Reply : 6       123

    J.P. Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:34

    Did you find yourself completely isolated from MR, Speaker,RW and the people. it is time you go home.

    Reply : 6       117

    JD Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:35

    Cannot trust what he says....

    Reply : 6       106

    Karu Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:36

    What else to expect when the power was handedover to a group that did not have the numbers. Did you probe from where the money came from.

    Reply : 5       98

    Islander Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:38

    You put a price on the MPs.

    Reply : 4       97

    Yahapala Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:38

    Be honest. Are you a clean and genuine person as a president of Sri Lanka?

    Reply : 6       103

    Arith Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:39

    මේ මනුස්සයාට පිස්සුද නැත්නම් හැටිද?

    Reply : 5       118

    Cloud Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:39

    said the Amazing spider man

    Reply : 4       88

    Buffalo Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:40

    What he really means is that MPs asking price was higher than what he planned to pay.

    Reply : 4       115

    SRILANKAN Sunday, 11 November 2018 22:41

    Bluffing like a child..... Wait and see what will happen to your SLFP.

    Reply : 8       127

    Ashok Monday, 12 November 2018 09:11

    Good Bye MY3.

    Reply : 0       26

    Palitha Monday, 12 November 2018 09:12

    Mr President How can the people of Sri Lanka trust you .What will happen to your party you cannot protect your party then how could your protect our country you have lost everything

    Reply : 0       23

    kukula Monday, 12 November 2018 09:19

    According to your statement, you mentioned no corrupt politician will be given nomination. Good we as citizen's will watch the list you will approve. We want a clean and corrupt free candidates to enter parliament.

    Reply : 0       20

    CARETAKER OR IRREGULAR Monday, 12 November 2018 09:25

    "Only the members of the caretaker government will be allowed to use state vehicles and properties," - yES - this was why your hurry to appoint pseudo ministers to satisfy your then arch enemy . You may call it the "caretaker" govt but - you have your view - but others think otherwise

    Reply : 0       24

    CITIZEN Monday, 12 November 2018 09:28

    Dear Mr. President, regretfully you failed to mention who offered the filthy lucre to the shameless MPs and in desperation jacked up the offer!!! Again, since that too was not guaranteed that the most unenviable action was taken!!!!!!!!

    Reply : 0       18

    SN Monday, 12 November 2018 09:32

    Disgraceful. This is what you call SLFP. in the 1970 - 77 Sirima extended her stay in office by 2 years. Now he robs the peoples votes reducing it by 2 years.

    Reply : 0       23

    Rishan Dubau Monday, 12 November 2018 09:34

    Shame Mr. President, Nobody will believe your tales, we know your guys like SB were trying to buy MPs. Basil Rajapaksa brought 5 UNPers and you offered them ministerial positions on daily basis. Still you couldn't collect the 113, Then you dissolved the parliament against the constitutional provisions. That is the truth we all know.

    Reply : 0       25

    Terminator> Monday, 12 November 2018 09:37

    We can never believe you. It is time to shut you mouth and SLFP.

    Reply : 0       25

    TONY Monday, 12 November 2018 09:44


    Reply : 0       27

    Fedi Monday, 12 November 2018 09:47

    No more words required. Your face tells the truth. Only thing left for you now is to call for presidential election instead of parliament election, otherwise YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE BY 2/3 MAJORITY BEFORE YOUR TERM ENDS.

    Reply : 0       28

    TERRA FIRMA Monday, 12 November 2018 09:48

    ".. putting a price .." - what was your price (a) allowed to be next president ? (b) to remain on terra firma ? (c) and enjoy trips abroad on our funds. ?

    Reply : 0       22

    Lankan in USA Monday, 12 November 2018 10:03

    Before the Election show them to the public who and who? public will decide to whom to vote. And who is going to pay for them. If you a real bhudhist. you should published for the public.

    Reply : 0       18

    Pg Monday, 12 November 2018 10:13

    “ people of sri lanka thinks a leader should be some one who s wearing a sarong and comes on national tv every single day on news at 8 and blabbers about what he s doing . They prefer uneducated politician than a educated statesman. Didnt Sirisena prove that notion is so wrong. High time people change their Attitude.

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    ordinary citizen Monday, 12 November 2018 10:13

    What is the use of a free and fair election, if the President can dissolve Parliament as he wishes? It is a wastage of Rs. 500 million of peoples' money. The President has reduced his position to a mockery.

    Reply : 0       21

    Gajan Monday, 12 November 2018 10:16

    What you have done so-called President is betrayed the mandate of the people. This is called treasonous behavior. The punishment for Treason is Capital Punishment.

    Reply : 0       18

    Rasheed Monday, 12 November 2018 10:35

    Even during MR regime, the Police was under the Ministry of Law and Order, but now you got them under your control.

    Reply : 0       20

    Buddhist Monday, 12 November 2018 21:32

    It was him who offered money for UNPers to jump on to his side, he also offered Minister posts. What is this guy smoking?

    Reply : 0       4

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