Day: November 16, 2018

Ranil will not be reappointed as the PM – President

MP Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene giving a statement after a meeting with the President noted that the President informed them, that he will not appoint Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister again.

Another letter from Speaker to President

Speaker of House Karu Jayasuriya has informed President Maithripala Sirisena that a No-Confidence Motion was passed against Mahinda Rajapaksa in Parliament today.

Parliament adjourned till November 19

The parliament session was adjourned till 1 pm on November 19 (Monday) after the Speaker was thrown at objects and disruptions caused by the government MPs.

I will not prorogue Parliament under any circumstances – President

President Maithripala Sirisena said he would not prorogue Parliament under any circumstances.

Police enter Parliament chamber

Police personnel have entered the Parliament chamber to control the situation due to the protest by government MPs, who are obstructing the commencement of the parliamentary session.

Government MPs take over Speaker’s seat

Parliament was set to convene at 1.30 pm this afternoon. However, proceedings of parliament are yet to officially begin. A large number of UPFA members of parliament have surrounded the Speaker’s chair. MP Arundika Fernando is currently seated in the Speaker’s chair.

MPs entering chamber subjected to body search

All parliamentarians entering the Parliament chamber are reportedly being subjected to a thorough body search before they are allowed to enter.

Speaker calls a party leaders meeting at 11:30am

Speaker has called for a meeting of party leaders at 11.30 a.m. this morning (16), the Office of the Speaker stated.

President tells party leaders to prove majority properly

President Maithripala Sirisena called on all factions in Parliament to abide by the norms and traditions of Parliament and go for a vote by name to show their majority when Parliament meets today.

Knives in the House

Parliamentarian Indika Anurudhdha lodged a complaint, with the Parliament Police, that MPs Ranjan Ramanayake and Palitha Thewarapperuma carried knives, when violence erupted in the House yesterday (15) and had threatened saying, “I will kill you if you step forward”.