President tells party leaders to prove majority properly

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena

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.

A delegation of Members of Parliament representing the parties aligned with the United National Front and Tamil National Alliance led by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya met President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday at the President’s Office to discuss the prevailing political situation in the country.

A media release issued by the President’s Office said, at the two-hour long discussion, the delegation told the President to accept that they have the majority members in Parliament, and to accept them.The President in response told the delegation that he will always abide by and respect the Constitution and will act accordingly.

The President requested the delegation to prove that they have the majority in Parliament.The delegation also drew the attention to the removing Clause No 1 of the proposal presented to Parliament yesterday and bring in a fresh proposal when Parliament meets today.

The President requested them to call the preference of the MPs by name to the said proposal and prove that they have the majority in Parliament. Then he would be in a position to act according to the prevailing law, he said. The President also requested the delegation to ensure that they act in accordance with the Standing Orders respecting democracy and peace.

(Government News Portal)