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Parliament to be prorogued in January?

A move to get rid of Ranjith Bandara as COPE Chairman

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Colombo, Dec.6 (Daily Mirror) - President Ranil Wickremesinghe is reported to be mulling prorogation of Parliament by the middle of January, next year.

Once Parliament is prorogued, pending businesses before the House will lapse, and the new Parliament, once convened by the President, has to resume them afresh. The Speaker and the MPs will continue to function.

The President can prorogue Parliament for a maximum period of two months. In the proclamation announcing the prorogation, the new date for the convening of the House should be announced. At the end of a prorogation, a new Session begins and is ceremonially declared open by the President. He is empowered under the Constitution to make a statement of government Policy in terms of the provisions stipulated in Paragraph (2) of Article 33 of the Constitution.

Following prorogation, the committees including the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) and the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) cease to function.

An inside source said prorogation is meant to make way for the appointment of a new COPE chairman instead of current Chairman SLPP MP Prof. Ranjith Bandara who is facing allegations. Prof. Bandara was accused of acting with a conflict of interests with Sri Lanka Cricket as COPE chairman.

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa charged that Prof. Bandara was a consultant for SLC for a project called Kandy Cricket Campus. Controversy surrounds the presence of Prof. Bandara at the COPE sessions. The COPE later decided to discuss SLC matters with Prof. Bandara in the chair.

Also, the current sectorial oversight committees will be renewed once the new session begins after prorogation. The current Parliament constituted in 2020 has had three sessions so far.


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  • Tinpot president and his sleaze merchants Wednesday, 06 December 2023 06:44 AM

    Why not dissolve it? It has been the most disfuntioanal, indecisive, unproductive government in the history of the country.

    Puswadilla Wednesday, 06 December 2023 06:46 AM

    It’s like changing a new pack of cards for the same identical game. No difference at all or even even worse.

    Disgusted citizen Wednesday, 06 December 2023 07:06 AM

    How about a indefinite prorogation? The best thing for this country is to send Ranil and his pohotuwa criminals into hibernation till the country recovers. Better still freeze them for a 1000 years.

    Nilmini Welivita Wednesday, 06 December 2023 07:09 AM

    Whatever our esteemed president does is for the good of our beloved country. I hope he and our national heros the Honorable Rajapaksas take the country to greater property.

    Liberal Wednesday, 06 December 2023 07:14 AM

    President’s address after resuming new session should disclose who support SLC for corruption in parliament, foreign agenda barking for right to peaceful demonstrations not for the love of Sri Lankans, expose true colours of JVP, all problems no solutions party,

    New broom to sweep better Wednesday, 06 December 2023 07:23 AM

    Can the new broom sweep better? If so, please do it! The present ones are left over from Rajapassas era.

    Waco Wednesday, 06 December 2023 07:36 AM

    This “ Pin-Janadhipathi “ ( current president, how has he got all these powers. He has no “ Mandate “ sit in that chair. Is he not only a “Night Watchmean”. Where is the “ Democracy “ in Sri Lanka”

    Jude Wednesday, 06 December 2023 07:48 AM

    Why people are so ignorant!??? This Megalomaniac must perish!!

    Mohomed Wednesday, 06 December 2023 08:56 AM

    2024 Presidential election sooner not later.

    Citizen Wednesday, 06 December 2023 09:44 AM

    President seems to get edgy over the raging debates in the parliament. None of the debates does not support his agenda. So prorogue the parliament.

    Man Wednesday, 06 December 2023 10:11 AM

    It is a sign that there won't be any possibility of any election as at Sirikotha. In addition, cricket constitution won't be amended. Shammi has taken Ranil and Sagala into his two pockets.

    Onlooker Wednesday, 06 December 2023 10:11 AM

    Great that he has stifled protesters regularly with water cannon and police force, now stifling Parliament to curb criticism of his beloved SLPP and himself. What next ?

    Dulan de Silva Wednesday, 06 December 2023 10:27 AM

    Please dissolve this parliment and hold elections

    Ram Wednesday, 06 December 2023 11:51 AM

    Who cares about proroguing Parliament. If it is prorogued for good some money will be saved for us. So do it that way

    Gundan Sang Wednesday, 06 December 2023 12:07 PM

    He may be waiting a signal from the Satan JRJ to dissolve the parliament. Satan JRJ has kept a seat for RW next to Yamaraja at Apaya!

    Hussain Wednesday, 06 December 2023 12:09 PM

    Is he plotting to defeat the budget and revolutionize as he knows what comes next.

    DOT Wednesday, 06 December 2023 12:25 PM

    Just an another word for us/ ordinary citizens!

    sam Wednesday, 06 December 2023 12:42 PM

    About time to dissolve

    Shakespeare Wednesday, 06 December 2023 12:57 PM

    Rogues and prorogues, that is the question.

    Dulanjoli Premadosa Wednesday, 06 December 2023 12:58 PM

    Pro-rogues of a feather flock together.

    Lali Wednesday, 06 December 2023 03:49 PM

    Rw is unelected president who is in chair by luck..... He should hold election's soon else none of the neighborhood will give him money

    Observer Wednesday, 06 December 2023 02:31 PM

    Wise idea. He seems to give his over worked cabinet some relax to visit Europe or Singapore to do their Christmas shopping. Agree, we have to get rid of the remittances from our poor housemaids.

    To save Shammi Wednesday, 06 December 2023 02:39 PM

    What a trick? Who benefits from this prorogation?Shammi, the (corrupt )King of Sri Lanka! This is Sagala's another trick to save Shammi. After two months, then new Cope appointments etc etc would mean another six months or more.What a banna country is ours?

    ChildOfGod Wednesday, 06 December 2023 04:07 PM

    Nilmini are you serious or being sarcastic in your comment?.

    S. Samarakoon Wednesday, 06 December 2023 04:39 PM

    Dissolution is the only answer now. Leave in a dignified manner...... Else put to disgrace for sure !!

    Buddhist Wednesday, 06 December 2023 07:04 PM

    Prorogation is to block the new election laws that are being discussed and by this action, Ranil can delay the elections as well.

    Buddhist Wednesday, 06 December 2023 07:08 PM

    Another reason could be to do away with the Constitutional Council and make his appointments which are being refused or would be refused by the CC.

    suresh olagama Friday, 08 December 2023 08:38 AM

    whatever you do this is your last stand, remember that .. birth of a new era is just round the corner and let's be patient,

    Quolp Friday, 08 December 2023 01:45 PM

    The birdbrained Ranil once again acts under the US COMMAND to hold up in power, but failure looms soon.


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