Speaker’s decision today on Sri Lanka Opposition Leader’s statement on Fonseka

Nov 30, Colombo: Speaker of the Sri Lankan parliament Chamal Rajapaksa is to announce his decision today on the special statement the Opposition Leader, Ranil Wickremasinghe intended to make in the House yesterday.

The Speaker has said that he would inform to the House today if Wickremasinghe could make the statement regarding former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka in the House.

Wickremasinghe was prevented from making a statement yesterday on Fonseka after the Leader of the House, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva and Chief Government Whip, Minister Dinesh Gunawardena objected saying the speech dealt with issues currently pending before court.

Wickremasinghe said the statement was being made under Clause 23/2 of the Standing Orders of parliament.

However, de Silva and Gunawardena noted that they had read the speech and that certain lines referred to legal cases.

Wickremasinghe requested to make the speech after omitting the respective lines, but the governing party said the lines were inter connected with the rest of the speech.

Following the refusal, the Opposition Leader removed his Commonwealth Parliamentary Union (CPU) tie and walked out of the Chamber as a mark of protest.

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