In a major development, Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan has requested Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to convene Parliament with immediate effect and allow the legislature to perform its legitimate functions.
In his letter, Sampanthan says the request has been made “recognizing the necessity of upholding the supremacy of the constitution of Sri Lanka and the supremacy of Parliament comprising of the democratically elected representatives of the people.”
This follows letter by the Speaker to President Maithripala Sirisena earlier today stating the continuing prorogation of Parliament will have serious and undesirable consequences for the country
“I have received a request to protect the rights and privileges of Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe until any other person emerges from within Parliament as having secured the confidence of Parliament,” Jayasuriya said, in his letter.
Jayasuriya also said, “I consider my duty to draw your attention to the convention that a prorogation should be done in consultation with the Speaker.”