Speaker cannot convene parliament: Govt.

14 November 2018 01:26 am - 42     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The government yesterday said Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has no legal right to reconvene parliament today (14) and that it would make a decision this morning regarding its MPs and Ministers attending parliament.

Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva said their counsels were still studying the Supreme Court’s interim order given suspending parliament dissolution.

“After seeking legal opinion and having further discussion at our group leaders meeting this morning, we will make a decision about attending parliament sessions,” he told a news briefing.

The group leaders meeting is scheduled to take place at 8.30 am in parliament complex today.

Meanwhile, Minister Wimal Weerawansa said Speaker has no legal authority to convene parliament. “There is no legal recognition in this move. We reject it. Speaker has called for the reconvening of parliament to satisfy a group of Opposition MPs and to show to the world that Sri Lanka is having a crisis,” he said.

He said parliament remained dissolved since the interim order of Supreme Court has only suspended the gazette issued by the President dissolving parliament.

“Unless the Supreme Court issues an order entirely cancelling the Gazette, parliament remains dissolved. Just because the Gazette was suspended, it doesn’t reverse the dissolution,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

  Comments - 42

  • Soma Wednesday, 14 November 2018 01:34 AM

    Viral with his grade 10 knowledge will not know the constitution and will simply ignore him

    sadny123 Wednesday, 14 November 2018 01:37 AM

    You all can't face the truth... Shame on you all.

    punchi Wednesday, 14 November 2018 01:41 AM

    We better go by the opinion of W.Weerawansa P.C

    Mali Wednesday, 14 November 2018 01:49 AM

    Interim Order against dissolution means ,supreme court has turned to president and has says "HE,you cant dissolve Parliament until we decide constitutionality of your action ",which means it removes the status of dissolution.

    sigiriya Wednesday, 14 November 2018 01:57 AM

    This is the same logic you use to legalize an illegal Passport

    Shas Wednesday, 14 November 2018 01:58 AM

    No comments Just letting you know

    Ravi M Wednesday, 14 November 2018 02:01 AM

    Looks like VW

    Judge judy Wednesday, 14 November 2018 02:05 AM

    What on earth are they doing? Not upholding the decision of the judiciary!

    Daya Wednesday, 14 November 2018 02:25 AM

    As far as I can see Extra ordinary gazette order to convene parliament issued by Prez not been withdrawn. Also SC issued an interim order suspending his subsequent Gazette to dissolution which mean until a final decision Prez gazette regarding dissolution not be valid or interpreted in any way. There is no legal standing for this. Therefore speaker has all the rights to act on original Gazette to convene the parliament is legitimate and bona fide. Lemon Puff lawyer good for Passport fraudulent and cover up a death at his home under misery conditions

    Maduruwa Wednesday, 14 November 2018 02:56 AM

    Please take legal advise from Wimal and dissolve the Supreme Court!!

    Neville Wednesday, 14 November 2018 03:05 AM

    It is a pity that Wimal Weerawansa cannot read and understand!

    ali Wednesday, 14 November 2018 03:18 AM

    WW's shows how desperate he is

    Hodha Hitha Wednesday, 14 November 2018 03:34 AM

    Don't talk anymore as justice been served. You are a real frog jumping from one side to another

    BURT Wednesday, 14 November 2018 03:41 AM

    Are you having this meeting at an Appa Kada. Otherwise don't expect sillysena to show-up.

    Samanmalee Wednesday, 14 November 2018 05:44 AM

    Normally GLP would be given the job of commenting on legal matters , but this time the statement was so obsurd that even the professor wouldn't utter it. Instead they gave the job to that eminent legal expert WW, who has decided that the Supreme Court's stay order on MS's gazette notification to dissolve parliament doesn't actually stay the dissolution, and that parliament remains dissolved. In the real world the dissolution of parliament has been suspended and so parliament will reconvene today 14th November as per the gazette notification by MS, the Speaker is reconvening parliament on the order of the President .So, what is the President going to do next ??

    Jaya Wednesday, 14 November 2018 05:59 AM

    Why you are not talking clarification from court?

    southpaw Wednesday, 14 November 2018 06:03 AM

    what is legal for the country ..is illegal for Wimale..

    wijebahu Wednesday, 14 November 2018 06:09 AM

    why you MPs are so scared of the parliament? that's your home. may be because of 113.

    Govinda Wednesday, 14 November 2018 06:11 AM

    Oh Wimale know the law Putha. Is he an expert in defining laws.

    Isalder Wednesday, 14 November 2018 06:26 AM

    If the gazette to dissolve parliament is suspended the parliament is still valid until the verdict is given. That's not rocket science

    Rohantha Wednesday, 14 November 2018 06:49 AM

    Ha ha. Well our 9th grade intellectual interprets the judicial order.

    muhandiram Wednesday, 14 November 2018 06:53 AM

    The most knowledgeable legal expert in Sri Lanka, Wimal Weerawansa has spoken loudly and emphatically when No one sought his opinion!

    ala Wednesday, 14 November 2018 06:55 AM

    The speaker is the supreme authority on parliamentary matters he has every right to summon parliament.

    Charlie brown Wednesday, 14 November 2018 07:06 AM

    The most poignant comment from WW....was "we reject it " ...like a child caught in the wrong ,trying to justify the unjustifiable .I think it best he just stay away from parliament ...forever

    public Wednesday, 14 November 2018 07:10 AM

    “Unless the Supreme Court issues an order entirely cancelling the Gazette, parliament remains dissolved. Just because the Gazette was suspended, it doesn’t reverse the dissolution,” he said." very funny. did you take you law exam in a separate room?

    Park Wednesday, 14 November 2018 07:14 AM

    What did Wimal Weerawansa drink? Parliament is being called back based on the Gazette signed by the President.

    upali Wednesday, 14 November 2018 07:14 AM

    Until the final judgment by the courts, holding parliament sessions is null and void.

    Park Wednesday, 14 November 2018 07:17 AM

    You meant to say "Illegal Government", but said Government. How can this be a Government when majority is not proven?

    Asaka Wednesday, 14 November 2018 07:24 AM

    When the Supreme Court Stay the Gazette, it means that Gazette no longer have any effect and we will go back to how things were, which is Parliament remains and Presidents Gazette convening the Parliament on 14th remain. So Speaker can convene the Parliament on 14th based on president’s previous order.Mr. Nimal Siripala saying something else than what Supreme Court said, is interfere with Supreme Courts Judgment, and it is a contempt of court.

    laksiri Wednesday, 14 November 2018 07:28 AM

    if speaker can not open the parliament you better go to supreme court and get the order to stop it, today they must count 113 votes and proof that mahinda out from new job and old prime minister back to work.

    leo Wednesday, 14 November 2018 09:01 AM

    The sad part is that Wimal is living an illusion thinking people will pay attention to what he has to say. Wimal, please take a lemon puff packet and go fast at the Fort railway station and leave legal matters to the experts.

    SN Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:02 AM

    Its best for WW file actions get best advice from courts than do drama show via media.

    Dee Wednesday, 14 November 2018 09:27 AM

    Then who can? The dual citizen Defence Secretary (former)?

    Philip Wednesday, 14 November 2018 09:35 AM

    According to Cambridge Dictionary to suspend means to stop something being active, either temporarily or permanently.

    Palli Kanda Wednesday, 14 November 2018 09:39 AM

    The Foreign Minister in MR government. I think he should take law lessons from the QC Namal.

    Niz Wednesday, 14 November 2018 09:52 AM

    Can the Prez appoint speaker to whom he likes like the way he recently appointed ministers?

    Lanka Shantha Wednesday, 14 November 2018 09:53 AM

    President and New PM and their team don't have Legal knowledge. If they have such, then why the courts stopped their decision? So let the old ruling party to rule the country.

    PC Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:07 AM

    He just did! Hahaha

    rocky Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:29 AM

    Braying in his sleep?

    lal Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:41 AM

    Wimal did not even pass 8th grade. How come he interpret decision given by the SC. He think he knows everything. What a stupid argument he has. If court ruled out presidents gazette, that mean it is null, It does not have to issue another order. Crisis started stupid president and Mahinda who wanted to grab power cunningly. President have no authority to fire or appoint a PM. Parliament should do that.

    Neil Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:09 AM

    Sirisena and Siripala, its time you go home. You guys are shameless.

    kumu Thursday, 15 November 2018 09:25 AM

    If the Speaker can't convene parliament, why did they attend parliament yesterday?

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