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Chief Opposition Whip John Seneviratne said only the executive president had the power to dissolve parliament, and therefore Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s threat was meaningless.

Mr. Wickremesinghe had said at a function at UNP headquarters Sirikotha that parliament would be dissolved if a no confidence motion against Public Security Minister John Amaratunga was carried.

Responding to these remarks, Mr. Seneviratne said the prime minister had no authority to dissolve Parliament in such an event.

“Only the executive president can do it,” he said.

Asked whether President Maitripala Sirisena as chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) was consulted before bringing this motion, Mr. Seneviratne said it was a decision of the SLFP parliamentary group and had nothing to do with the executive president.

“We collected the signatures of 114 MPs for this motion. There are also a few of our members currently abroad. With their support, we can easily carry this motion,” he said.(Kelum Bandara)
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  • Leena Monday, 09 February 2015 12:08 PM

    Where do you even get that sort of news? LOL

    Mr.Perfect Monday, 09 February 2015 10:04 AM

    This alone shows the attitude of the SLFP. While hundreds of people were killed and abducted during the past 10 years no one dared to bring anything against them but for a small thing they want to create a big fuss and bring back all the rouges, thugs and murders into power so they can get back to the usual game. Shame on you politicians. When will the people understand and chase away such politicians for ever.

    kingBarnet@pakisland Monday, 09 February 2015 10:15 AM

    John Vs John ! Elected HoS promised to be a neutral umpire.

    Man Monday, 09 February 2015 10:20 AM

    John wanted to defeat Maithreepala by helping the king of thieves, Mahinda.

    Ayyo Sirisena Monday, 09 February 2015 10:31 AM

    Looks like political honeymoon is over, head on collision now!

    Waco Monday, 09 February 2015 10:51 AM

    Where are the " Litchave Raja Daruwo "?

    T Wickramaratna Monday, 09 February 2015 05:07 PM

    SLFP seems to have forgotten what they underwent during the MR regime

    Nalin Monday, 09 February 2015 11:17 AM

    SLFP thugs headed by Nimal Silva will be chased in the next election.

    Neutral Monday, 09 February 2015 11:19 AM

    seems like ex regime is better than current, atleast they had control over the party..

    Samy Selvarajah Monday, 09 February 2015 09:35 PM

    John (Johnny, John), you seem to be frightened by the thought. Take some strong pills. You will be okay. I am sure you are not going to come back. Call Namal for help. God bless you.

    Lal Monday, 09 February 2015 09:39 PM

    People should get rid of all these aging politicians, so called party seniors. Naturally they have no long time goals or plans to win the people. Majority of them make no good to the country but there to enjoy parliamentary privileges, make money and look after kith and kins.


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