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Speaker urges all MPs to support rebuild Parliament’s lost image

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Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene today urged all MPs to support rebuild Parliament's lost image and come for a dialogue on the same.

"All members must understand that upholding the dignity of this institution is the most sacred duty of all. If people lose faith in this House, that means they lose faith in democracy. The repercussions of that will be grave for all political parties and citizens of this country. I urge all of you to understand that and have national interest and the interest of all you represent at heart in all matters, putting a side petty political drama inside the house. People of this country are facing grave difficulties and they expect both the Government and the Opposition members to act responsibly, like statesmen and stateswomen. I earnestly request all of you to help me rebuild the image of this institution and discuss with me on how we can achieve that. I expect both Chief whips specially to act more responsibly and guide their respective sides," the Speaker said in a special statement.

"The most sacred duty of all. If people lose faith in this House, that means they lose faith in democracy. The repercussions of that will be grave for all political parties and citizens of this country. I urge all of you to understand that and have national interest and the interest of all you represent at heart in all matters, putting a side petty political drama inside the house. People of this country are facing grave difficulties and they expect both the Government and the Opposition members to act responsibly, like statesmen and stateswomen. I earnestly request all of you to help me rebuild the image of this institution and discuss with me on how we can achieve that.

The Speaker proposed the setting up of an independent Research and Analysis office, especially tasked on giving Members an independent view on the Budget and Performance, discussions and presentations by sector experts on topics such as Economics, technology, Management, Leadership, Sociology, and any other related topic which any member can request to be held on evenings after parliamentary sittings conclude and language , education for MPs to master different languages or pursue education.(Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • Lakmal Kahawela Wednesday, 19 January 2022 08:38 PM

    This would have been the first time in the World a speaker of a parliament says to support to rebuild lost image of a parliament

    saman Wednesday, 19 January 2022 08:54 PM

    You only remembered this only now. Take all the perks for the next/last 3 year and go home.

    Nadi Karunaratne Wednesday, 19 January 2022 09:12 PM

    You would need 225 new faces, half of whom would be women to have any chance of that.

    Tony Wednesday, 19 January 2022 09:18 PM

    You can not rebuild something you never had. For a decade or two Parliament did not have a reputation and from top to bottom they all shold go home.

    Buddhist Wednesday, 19 January 2022 09:31 PM

    The dignity of the Parliament should be first enforced by the Speaker. However, from the past events, it's clear the Speaker is biased. When the Speaker behaves this way how can others change?

    Johan Wednesday, 19 January 2022 09:41 PM

    What is that Image.. He is making comedy :)

    D S de Silva Thursday, 20 January 2022 10:15 AM

    Your a spineless hypocrite, not a speaker who knows how to command the chamber as a speaker should do. You have shown your incompetence, just like your party members that you represent. Majority in that parliament are thugs, criminals, drug dealers and thieves and you represent such people. So what else do you expect man?

    Sunil Thursday, 20 January 2022 06:05 PM

    Our parliament has had long standing image as a den of rogues and liars. Keep building on it.

    Sunil Thursday, 20 January 2022 06:05 PM

    Our parliament has had long standing image as a den of rogues and liars. Keep building on it.

    sam Thursday, 20 January 2022 06:14 PM

    This lot cannot, you need a new lot


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