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JVP MP Vijitha Herath said today the law with regard to dual citizenship should be equal to both government and opposition MPs.

He told parliament that there could not be three laws - one for Geetha Kumarasinghe, one for government members and one for members of the Rajapaksa faction.

He said the court had unseated Ms. Kumarasinghe for being a dual citizen of Switzerland while some Ministers who held dual citizenships of Switzerland were without any legal action as alleged by Ms.Kumarasinghe.

"Ms. Kumarasinghe has alleged that there are ministers in the government who hold dual citizenship of Switzerland. Minister Mahinda Amaraweera also had alleged that there are some members who held American dual citizenship in the Joint Opposition as well. People want to know who they are? The law cannot be implemented selectively," he said.

Mr. Herath said the 19th Amendment to the Constitution clearly specified that anyone with dual citizenship could not contest parliamentary elections and get elected.

He said the law should apply to both government and opposition members reasonably. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)

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  • sujata Friday, 05 May 2017 08:47 AM

    poor JVP guys cannot obtain foreign citizenship to eventually qualify for a dual citizenship, as no country is willing to take up these former terrorist groups members with blood in their hands

    renu Friday, 05 May 2017 09:15 AM

    MR. Speaker Please name all others who are holding duel citizenship and take the necessary action to get them out of Parliament Law has to be for all. Verdict has being given according to the 19th Amendment , Hence it is applicable for all. Election Commissioner lease take note

    Umpire Friday, 05 May 2017 10:00 AM

    I met a friend asked , how is the situation and the Government,he said Yahapalanaya word is dangerous ,because,MPS , Ministers and Opposition members there is somethingspecial treatment and for ordinary citizens different treatment.The best way make the whole citizens as Parliamentarians.

    Mahila Saturday, 06 May 2017 01:48 AM

    Members of parliament are honest, trustworthy and integrity then they will openly declare their dual citizenship and resign. This shows that many MP's do not declare the entire truth in most cases.

    ceylon Thursday, 04 May 2017 08:50 PM

    half paralizedgovernment cant do anything correctly. via DM Android App

    Shelly. Thursday, 04 May 2017 09:19 PM

    Some one filed a case against Geetha. Court gave ruling. Unless Vijitha or the other file cases on similer matter nothing will happen. Why blame Govt. when initiative could be taken by Vijitha. Politics or ignorance. via DM Android App

    Ranil Thursday, 04 May 2017 11:31 PM

    Why don't you name the people and go to courts without doing shadow boxing.

    concern Friday, 05 May 2017 12:19 AM

    Does anyone know the exact law ??

    ED Friday, 05 May 2017 03:06 AM

    MR. HERATH YOU HAVE VOICED A VERY GOOD POINT AT TODAY'S PARLIAMENT DEBATE !!!! WE SALUTE THE JVP ON THE POSITION TAKEN AS PER COURT ORDER AGAINST FORMER REGIME JO PARLIAMENT MEMBER.WE NEED TO ELIMINATE MORE SUCH MEMBERS AND GIVE A GOOD REPRESENTATION POWER TO THE JVP TOO.

    Lankan Friday, 05 May 2017 03:31 AM

    @ceylon - Why do you blame the government in this case? If someone files a case against any individual MP having dual citizenship it'll be dealt by the judiciary and not by the government which is the correct way it should happen. There should be someone bold enough to file a case against Rajapakse's having Dual citizenship and that's not the responsibility of the government. Even you can do it.

    GOVIraala Friday, 05 May 2017 04:26 AM

    most of our populations willing to emigrate

    Leo Friday, 05 May 2017 06:02 AM

    Vijitha Herath all worked up over the ruling against Geetha. Hmmm is it love in the air. via DM Android App


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