Colombo Telegraph

Sirisena’s Belligerent Response To Speaker: Says According To Parliamentary Tradition Does Not Require Majority

Issuing a belligerent statement, President Maithripala Sirisena refused to accept the letter sent by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya this afternoon explaining today’s proceedings in Parliament.

Sirisena, in his statement, said the Parliamentary tradition does not make it necessary to prove the parliamentary majority for the selected Prime Minister although it is up to the President to appoint a member of the house as the Prime Minister, who, in the President’s opinion, holds the majority support in Parliament.

In his letter, Sirisena said he was the sole ‘appointing authority’ of the Prime Minister.

He also added that the Speaker had failed to adhere to Standing Orders and other Parliamentary procedures when it comes to No Confidence Motion against purported Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his government.

“The list of signatures attached with the motion has not been certified by Parliament,” Sirisena said whilst adding that the date of the motion had also been changed later, in an unacceptable matter.

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