No-confidence motion against PM cannot be taken up in haste: GL

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The government today disputed the No-confidence motion handed over by the United National Party (UNP) against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and said it could not be taken up for debate on November 16 when Parliament meets.

Addressing the media at the Prime Minister’s Office, former Minister G. L. Peiris said the motion had to be placed on the Order Paper of Parliament first, according to the due procedure. Afterwards, he said the party leaders should assign a date for debate on the motion.

Prof. Peiris said there was confusion created by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya saying that Parliament would be re-convened on November 7 based on verbal assurances by the President.

“The Speaker cannot act on verbal assurances. There has to be proclamation by the President to reconvene Parliament before the end of prorogation if he wants. It is entirely in the hands of the President to prorogue Parliament according to Article 70(1) of the Constitution,” he said.

Asked as to why Mr. Rajapaksa assumed office as the Prime Minister at such a time, he said though a new government could have been formed after the Presidential Polls in ten months’ time for sure, the current predicament of the country compelled him to act in advance.

The former Minister said people were in dire need of economic relief, and therefore the new government announced relief measures in terms of reduction of fuel prices and tax cuts. Also, he said the UNP-led government would have sold off more and more national assets had it stayed in power for another ten months or so.

“It will be irrepressible then,” he said.

He cited the need to reverse the Constitution making process and the process of signing certain Free Trade Agreements adverse to the country as reason for early moves to take over governmental power. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Dee Sunday, 04 November 2018 10:07 PM

    I think you are confused!

    vithura Sunday, 04 November 2018 10:13 PM

    So much for the bravado they displayed in the aftermath of Oct 26, the reality is slowly dawning upon them that they will be defeated on the floor of the house if NCM was taken up. These people do not have any self respect at all!

    Ganesh Monday, 05 November 2018 08:38 AM

    Being a professor , he is worse than uneducated politician and the worst of Subramanisyan Swamy

    kandasamy Sunday, 04 November 2018 10:42 PM

    all theifs assembled and cheating the people in this country. how to chase these fellows? the people of this country only.

    Professor Sunday, 04 November 2018 10:44 PM

    Yes we know that only you know the law and others will have to simply listen to you Professor.

    Shas Sunday, 04 November 2018 10:49 PM

    What else can we expect from these JOkers.

    shiran Sunday, 04 November 2018 11:05 PM

    you should shut up. you are a jocker.

    Mal Sunday, 04 November 2018 11:47 PM

    G L Mr Peiris you have made a real mess of this country in the past with all sorts of governments ... I think you should keep your gab close as you are too blinking old to guide anyone now.

    Sil Monday, 05 November 2018 09:03 AM

    Well said. Totally agree with you

    Tuan Monday, 05 November 2018 12:01 AM

    We are not fools to digest your lies. First we need to know who is the prime minister

    CITIZENS FOR DEMOCRACY Monday, 05 November 2018 07:08 AM

    Show us where in the constitution does it say that the President can remove the PM, then we will believe your other rubbish.

    joshua Monday, 05 November 2018 07:35 AM

    But you rob in haste.

    Cobra Monday, 05 November 2018 07:37 AM

    Just bugger off!!!

    Ronnie Bugger Monday, 05 November 2018 09:15 AM

    This bugger does not seek to get enough of shit. I say, Professor, please shut your gab before it gets shut permanently.

    fareed Monday, 05 November 2018 09:18 AM

    What you should do is that you defeat the no confidence motion but you cannot because no one supports your PM.

    sAM Monday, 05 November 2018 10:50 AM

    If Prez dies can MR be Prez?

    Wera Monday, 05 November 2018 10:51 AM

    Sissy Boy go home

    Dinna Monday, 05 November 2018 04:23 PM

    You are a disgrace to your alma mater...

    Buddhist Tuesday, 06 November 2018 08:45 AM

    GLP another butterfly!


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