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Proroguing Parliament may cause several problems: UNP


3 December 2019 06:43 pm - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Some United National Party (UNP) MPs today claimed that proroguing Parliament till January 3, 2020 was bound to create several issues and also suspicion about political deals.

UNP MPs Harin Fernando, S.M. Marikkar, Harsha De Silva, Hesha Vithanage, Chaminda Wijesiri and Nalin Bandara Jayamaha said this at a news conference and pointed out that there was no necessity to prorogue the House till January next year.

“A newly elected President has the right to prorogue Parliament for sometime but there was certainly no necessity to prorogue it for a month,” MP Marikkar said.

He said the forensic audit report on the bond scam was to have been presented to the House yesterday but this has been postponed with the prorogation. “One objective of the prorogation may have been to prevent the presentation of the forensic audit report of the bond scam as it would have revealed as to who was really behind the scam,” he said.

The MP said the new government should have allowed sittings to continue so that new legislation which were needed to implement the new government's policies should been discussed and approved. He said it would have been possible to debate the proposed Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement and take relevant decisions if Parliament sessions were held.

MP Fernando said prorogation would delay the new opposition leader from taking office. This he said would create an issue as the new constitutional council which had to be appointed with the change of government may be without the opposition leader.(Yohan Perera)


  Comments - 8

  • sam silva Tuesday, 03 December 2019 06:57 PM

    First appoint legitimate opposition leader.

    Opposer Tuesday, 03 December 2019 07:36 PM

    Did you not know there was one? Is this to keep the parliament taking up the abduction issue??

    Mass Tuesday, 03 December 2019 07:15 PM

    Put your house in order first.

    Ram Tuesday, 03 December 2019 07:19 PM

    First find an opposition leader

    Finish alla Tuesday, 03 December 2019 08:42 PM

    Ranil sold complete unp to RAjapakasa family now stay in aside and keep watching how his fellow ministers are bowing

    johan Tuesday, 03 December 2019 08:46 PM

    May be to avoid an uproar in parliament regarding the demoting the CID officers who were handling the high profile cases etc.

    Samson Tuesday, 03 December 2019 08:55 PM

    Need an opposition leader, prorogation was good but the period appears long. Don't think that the new govt will discard the bank robbery, all persons must be brought before the law and punished.

    Max Tuesday, 03 December 2019 10:10 PM

    Do you have an opposition leader ?

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