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Speaker Recognises Ranil Wickremesinghe As PM: Full Text Of Karu Jayasuriya’s Statement

“As the majority is of the opinion that all changes made in the Parliament are undemocratic and inconsistent with traditions of Parliament and as the majority of Parliament have requested that the status that existed before these changes were made shall be accepted, I wish to emphasize that I am compelled to accept the status that existed previously until such time that they and the new political alliance prove their majority in Parliament,” says Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

Issuing a statement a short while ago the speaker said: “I wish to state that these events which should not have occurred in a democratic society is an unpleasant phenomenon that took place without the use of arms.”

We publish below the statement in full:

Even though I have remained silent so far at a time our motherland is embroiled in an unprecedented crisis, I consider it my paramount duty to act in accordance with my conscience for the protection of rights and privileges of the majority of the Members of Parliament including the Leader of the Opposition of the Parliament and the prevention of the destruction of democracy that we have safeguarded up to now.

I am of the opinion that the request submitted to me under the hand of 116 Members of Parliament of the United National Party, the Tamil National Alliance, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and the Muslim Congress stating that the decision made by His Excellency the President was unconstitutional and undemocratic and as they are not in agreement with the said decision that the Parliament should be summoned forthwith and seek approval thereto is extremely reasonable.

When I met His Excellency the President on 01st of November, he conveyed to me that he would pay attention to the request made by me to summon Parliament and would brief me on the evening of that day itself.

Though it did not materialize, he contacted me over the phone the following day around 10.30 a.m. and informed me that the gazette notification proclaiming the summoning of Parliament on 07th November would be issued and during a meeting with the ambassadors of Japan, France, the U.S.A. and Afghanistan in the morning of the same day, His Excellency had reiterated that Parliament would be summoned on 5th November.

The Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa, too, confirmed during a meeting with a group of university teachers that the Parliament would be summoned on 5th
November.

If I am to follow the verbal assurance given by His Excellency the President, it is my duty as Speaker to summon Parliament by 7th November and restore stability in the country. I consider it as the duty of His Excellency the President too to extend his support to me towards this end.

It is difficult for me to remain silent in the face of severe violation of democratic principles, forcible taking over of administration of media institutions and other public sector institutions disregarding the moderate employees and information to the effect that various perks and privileges are offered to Members of Parliament.

At a time it has been brought to my attention by the majority that the lawful summoning of Parliament has been prevented and the rights of the Members of Parliament have been usurped, in the name of justice and fair play, I have to make my stance known to the world.

As the majority is of the opinion that all changes made in the Parliament are undemocratic and inconsistent with traditions of Parliament and as the majority of Parliament have requested that the status that existed before these changes were made shall be accepted, I wish to emphasize that I am compelled to accept the status that existed previously until such time that they and the new political alliance prove their majority in Parliament.

Finally, I wish to state that these events which should not have occurred in a democratic society is an unpleasant phenomenon that took place without the use of arms.

Karu Jayasuriya

Speaker, Parliament of Sri Lanka

Full Text Of Karu Jayasiriya’s Statement:

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  • 34
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    At last, he remembered that he had a spine

    • 5
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      The Speaker has given his good reasons for his decision to accept the status that prevailed in Parliament before the arbitrary undemocratic change were made in the sacking of PM RW and appointing MR as PM by the President until the new alliance proves it’s majority.
      He had been compelled to take that decision because the majority of the people in country irrespective of race, religion or language are strongly influenced by their notions of legitimacy, justice and fair play.

      • 5
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        In a country where the majority consist of just followers. No matter if any norms would be jeopardised, but to follow the other has been the nature of average lankens.

        If the one standing next to them would start eating punnaku, they would just follow them, no matter constitution or the amendement brought to it would be the procedure.
        That Amunugama with a doctorate has audacity to stand and say ” we condemn the statement made by honorable speaker”:

        So all what they have been doing today and did sofar since 26th Oct 2018 evening are null and void.
        They just wanted to have some fun – now it is becoming clear all is illegal.
        Say even if the majority in the floor test would have been the case in favour of culprits, the appointement and the way it has came in to being BEYOND prevailing constitutional provisions.
        Basta

      • 6
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        Hey guys,

        now it is time for us to take the president to Mulleriyawa.

        From what he did and has been doing from last week is beyond ethics and morals of a mental heathy person.

        So we need to get rid of him right ?

        At least one among them in advisory bodies should warn him, befor ethe bugger would make it further worst.

      • 3
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        It appears that MS and MR is trying t have a parliament within a parliament- a dual dictatorship without a Speaker, allowing the MP’s to speak speak and speak, until MR becomes a sole Dictator.

    • 3
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      Abu
      Fools rush where angles dare to thread

    • 1
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      Abu, where does he have such powers in the constitution? Democracy is more than “do shopping to UNP” Abu.

      • 8
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        Max.
        Please check it yourself, the tail is making in you. After that you could go to an anatomist and have it better checked.
        You and the ilk would never see it right.
        Do you beleive ballige putha et al will be able to finanzce your life further ?
        Entire world will get ready to corner you guys if nevertheless bunch thugs would not leave from power.
        EU is thinking about set a travel band
        Japan has stopped their aids
        IMF has suspended the deal.
        How could ballige putha et al cover 7000 million of dollars that is due this and next year.
        Sinibola s are given to people these days

      • 1
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        max

        I am truly saddened by your ignorance.
        If I were you I would spend less time carrying Gnanasara’s b***s and thoughts and more quality time with family and friends and learn what is important for any public discussion and duly prepare before diving into the forum.

        The parliament has its own rules to regulate its procedures and conduct published in a document called:
        STANDING ORDERS OF THE
        PARLIAMENT OF THE DEMOCRATIC
        SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA
        These new Standing Orders were approved and adopted
        by Parliament on 07 March 2018, and to be effective from
        15 April 2018.

        Refer to page 64 & 65, for excerpt:

        GENERAL AUTHORITY OF THE SPEAKER
        136. The Speaker shall have the power to regulate the conduct of Business
        in Parliament in any matter not provided for in these Standing Orders.
        137. (1) The Speaker may suspend a sitting or adjourn Parliament if the
        Speaker thinks it is necessary to do so to maintain order.
        (2) Whenever the Speaker suspends a sitting, the Speaker shall decide
        when the sitting shall resume. Whenever the Speaker adjourns Parliament it
        stands adjourned until its next Sitting Day.
        138. The Speaker shall be responsible for the management of buildings,
        security arrangements and the general administration of the Chamber.
        139. Anything which by these Standing Orders may be done by the
        Speaker may also be done by the Deputy Speaker or Deputy Chairperson of
        Committees or by a Member elected by the Parliament to preside in the seat
        of the Speaker subject to the provisions of Article 159 of the Constitution.

    • 6
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      About time. But are the power-drunk addressees able to understand such simple language? They might understand being locked up in a police cell. But our “IGP” is busy saluting the criminals. It is clear that we cannot govern ourselves. Throw out this culture and bring in some foreigners to teach us how to live in the 21st century.

      • 1
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        Bloody Monty Python couldn’t have written this script!

        Sirisens is ending up as genuine competition for Groucho Marx ……. in double-speak. ………. gotta admit the man’s got talent!

        This would have been hilarious ……… if the clowns didn’t happen to be the people I’m lucky to be born into

        This is just too much!

    • 2
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      Abu,

      This sounds like OBITUARY OF MaRa as a politician. It clearly augers the end of uneducated GoTa’s master plan to grab power through despicable coup

  • 0
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    I thought, the position “speaker” in the house supposed to be neutral. Karu Jayasuriya has proven, I was wrong!

    • 5
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      If you thought so, it is just lack of your information. Please read and study, I dont if you would ever be able to sense, it is unconstitutoinal. Junta men would have to be beheaded by the law in the next days to come.

      [edited out] Rajakashe could not have some patience, he himlsef found the short cut to hell.

    • 1
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      max

      ” Karu Jayasuriya has proven, I was wrong!”

      It’s you who proved yourself wrong every time, all the time you type in this forum.

  • 11
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    At least now MR should resign from fake PM position if he has any shame!

  • 2
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    The most unpleasant thing ever happened on planet earth is making such a partial speaker like KJ & a PM like RW.

    It’s not amazing that he recognizes RW as the PM.

    Birds of feather flock together.

  • 15
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    Great Sir, Karu Jayasooriya,

    We are proud of you !

    As we comment now, what goes through our heads , not being able to see that the most abusive President stay not reconvneing the parliment is almost like hurting the festated wounds of the people that fight for democratic values and performance of a country. Srilanka is one of the olderst democracies in the the asian region.
    Great sons and daughters worked for democracry in this country, but the man who fought as no other to show posterior to Democracy should be connected with pathological reasons.
    There is no way back, Presidend of the country will be defeated by an impeachment.
    Days are numbered him to say good by to lankens politics.

    • 4
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      Let’s hope that we’re seeing the end of this President (whom I once considered a good man and once voted for) as well as his cohort, Mahendran Percy (whom I never liked).
      .
      Also welcome “A concerned Simhlaya”; so different from the guy who once posted as “SinhalaMan”.

  • 1
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    Can a speaker be bought over too?

    • 4
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      They the most abusive Rajapskehs are talent at any high crimes.

      Not me but Sirisena articulated it as no others.

  • 12
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    Hon.Speaker.

    I had commented earlier that the President would not keep his promise to you. Now he has issued the Gazette to summon Parliament for the 14th,just two days short of the earlier 16th.We have a congenital liar as the President.First he betrayed MaRa, then Premier RW, THEN YOU ,apart from all those who voted for him and made him President in Jan.2015!

    • 0
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      Plato ,

      I thought you know that GAMARALA’s mother tongue is not Sinhala !
      His mother tongue is lying and his profession is stealing and cheating !
      His pass time is backstabbing ! He even went to the extent of claiming
      his share of the war in north thus becoming partner if any war crime
      was proved ! If Gamarala’s dismissal of Ranil was illegal , then reopen
      the house , take votes and just go on ! “Two wrongs won’t be right”
      theory is for respectable people and not for rogues !

  • 6
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    ..end of the beginning.

  • 11
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    Though I supported Mahinda/JO previously, what happened in the aftermath of Mahinda’s swearing in was against my principles.
    Mahinda’s and JO’s LATEST policies (appended below) after securing power which are in parallel to Ranil’s policies, are completely opposite of my principles based on the respect to democratic values, practices, applications and people’s right to vote and choose.
    1. The prorogation of the Parliament soon after MR’s appointment as the PM.
    2. Appointing a Cabinet before proving the majority in the Parliament thus creating an overlapping Cabinet (how many Ministers now? The combination should be close to 120 -130?),
    3. Seeking TNA’s support to form a government completely disregarding strong sentiments of Sinhalese.
    4. Horse trading by way of sumptuous monetary gains or Ministerial posts, or both.
    5. Forcible take over of Rupavahini and Lake House led by some JO MPs and SLPP unions, JO’s arrogant attitude towards media and undue control.
    6. GL’s and JO’s misinterpretation of the Constitution to suit their agenda and other double standards.
    7. Vowing for future political witch-hunt.
    8. The latest – decision to release hardcore LTTE prisoners for political advantage.
    The list shows that Mahinda and JO have started from where Ranil was forced to stop!!!!

    • 5
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      Dissolving parliament is no possible in compliance with 19th Amendement even if you the kind of backlickers of most abusive ballige putha Rajaakshes waiting to see it. There is a system, if I may remind you.. shame on post doc who found greener pastures in the oldeest democracy but behave as if your penis is taken away by Rajakashes.

      Gamaralaswill be hung by his balls in the days to come. Wait and see

    • 1
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      Champa,

      Well said. Thank you

  • 5
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    He is a 78 year old UNPer who tried to get rid of Ranil and take his place. He tried this several times but failed and crossed over to the SLFP. Later he crossed again to the UNP. Can people like that ever be trusted? He is only playing by the book at the moment because the world is watching him. All SL politicians are like that, time-serving sobs.

    • 1
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      Taraki

      “All SL politicians are like that, time-serving sobs.”

      And you blame the Tamils, Muslims, and Diaspora, ……………

  • 10
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    The President has reneged on his word again. What type of a man is he? Spineless? Double-Tongued? A Pusswedilla? He has obviously endorsed and contributed in promoting dissent and defection in other parties – for huge sums. He has refused to listen or heed the plaintive responses of the people . His hatred for Ranil has twisted him into a dysfunctional, disoriented and disturbed man. He has chosen to surround himself with scoundrels, vermin, and the maggots of the JO. He is prepared to unleash and spew all of this on us with his vomit. He has hoppered us. What type of a man is he?

  • 0
    6

    Dissolve the Parliament, ask the people to vote at a fresh election and that should be the democratic way. The constitution has been hijacked by a gang of robbers over the last 4-years, and there is no point in asking them to decide what is right or wrong. How amusing the Speaker hedging his bets either way. I have yet to read anywhere if Ranil had sought redress at a Court of Law to back up his claim that what has happened was unconstitutional. Lots of barrack room lawyers and bees’ knees here in this ‘Kopi Kade’ though, delivering judgments and abuse at those that do not agree with them all round the clock.

  • 11
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    The very act by Sillysena in staging an oath ceremony for a new prime minister, late night on a Friday, without any previous announcement, shrouded in secrecy, so much so, even the few invitees did not know what it was for, shows quite clearly that the President and all the participants knew very well that they were
    involved in an illegal and unacceptable act, whatever the view of the constitution.
    Now we know that the constitution itself does not allow this change and therefore it proves further that these guys, knew very well this will all blow up soon!
    However they were rushing through everything as grabbing power swiftly was the aim as demanded by Rajapakses’ pathetic position in the eyes of the law.
    This is so much like how a bigamist gets a marriage ceremony hurried through in secrecy with few witnesses, in the dark back room, in front of a nervous fidgety Registrar, as the woman’s pregnancy is already beginning to show!
    Hon Speaker, you know well what has happened. These are a bunch of rogues who have broken every law and usurped everything that’s clearly said in the constitution.
    Why are you hesitating? The whole world of right thinking people are on your side.
    Just go ahead and declare open the Parliament!

  • 8
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    Now impeach the President and send him to jail.

  • 8
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    All what we need to do is to impeach president sooner rather than later before this crisis takes the country into more chaotic situation.

  • 3
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    Indeed. He should have done it on day one. He could have done it on the day he got the request signed by 116 MPs. He has done it on the day he could no longer put off doing it.

    • 3
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      No, he should wait a bit considering the right of President. But yes, he could react on the day those 116 signed and showed the majority. He is also under pressure.
      I think Rajapakshe is the stupdiierst man, he once said ina meeting that it will be reconvenned on the 5th Nov.
      But the tapes to come ahead of us are how SIRISENA himself involved in buying MP-prostitutes.
      There what they cold vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvips are SIRISENA and RAJAPAKSHE themselves.
      These buggers are like MUSOLINI type. Lanken people have no idea about what is going to be.
      It is really sad .. democracy is being damaged this way in in this country.

  • 0
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    Immediately after the coup, Karu could have repeated 1989 (/1991) Soviet Russia’s story of communism, in Lankawe. When Gorbachev showed his soft heart to communist, they walked over him to invite their death. Boris Yeltsin took it over from Gorbachev and stabilized all good work Gorbachev government had done up to that date. Karu could have easily taken over the power, leaving Ranil aside and have brought democracy to Lankawe after 1948. But in the opposite side, the Colombo Media reported that Karu, in an earlier instance with Western Diplomat, trickily delayed any of their actions over the new Old King’s government. As he is a partner in the coup, he resisted any changes to status quo of the Lankawe party politics. In align with Ranil, Karu has been showing his reverence to his former boss Old King all these time. Now he is attempting to hide it by saying that “he was silent”.
    Ranil went to NYC to save Old King. Ranil refused to sign ICC accord. Ranil worked hard with New King protecting him and Old King in all kind of internal Law Suits. He delivered at Oxford the most castigating speech against Western Democracies, like no other Lankawe leader had ever delivered. Ranil worked with China on Hangbangtota Sales and when he had sold it successfully, he kicked on the butt of West in December 2017. Then he signed new more UNP White Elephant Contracts. He demanded NYT for the proof of China funding Old & New Kings in election from loan money.
    One can pay a penny for this statement if this crook defy the cheating date New King gazette and reconvene on 7th. This statement suggests that he want to go with 14th and prove that New King honestly heeded to his talk and advanced the date. Karu would be claiming the same this if New King has set date on 15th, 11:59 PM as it was one day before 16th.

  • 4
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    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in times of moral crisis” Dante

    Well done sir.

  • 2
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    So Mr. Speaker is Parliament to be summoned on 7 or 14 November (gazetted) ?

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      Steve,
      Statement is dated 5th. There is no time in it. I saw date 4th on the gazette “dates as 14th.” Theoretically this is after the gazette. But Speaker did not mention of his knowledge about the latter date in Gazette. Neither he says his decision is defying the executive’s gazette. If he had mentioned that, he needs to explain his decision to advance his date. Apparently he took compromise between both sides.
      He is nowhere telling he wants to convene on the 7th. But telling he can do that on the 7th if he wants to follow verbal assurances. But the verbal assurances had to part. 1). Gazette notification and 2).tentative agreement for 7th sitting. (Speaker is not telling if the EP stressed the gazette notification or just mentioned that too.)Speaker saying he has witnesses to the verbal assurances. (If EP had told him firmly to convene on 7th and he mildly that will have that gazette it too, and speaker had informed the MPs of his intention and had made other arrangements, then it is not defying the gazette notification.)
      Wait and see with your eyes. If you see it is happening on 7th then it is true.

      If I am to follow the verbal assurance given by His Excellency the President, it is my duty as Speaker to summon Parliament by 7th November and restore stability in the country. I consider it as the duty of His Excellency the President too to extend his support to me towards this end.
      ………………………..
      informed me that the gazette notification proclaiming the summoning of Parliament on 07th November would be issued and during a meeting with the ambassadors of Japan, France, the U.S.A. and Afghanistan
      …………………………..
      If I am to follow the verbal assurance given by His Excellency the President, it is my duty as Speaker to summon Parliament by 7th November

  • 4
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    Well done Mr. Speaker. This is, and nothing else ought to be, your dispassionate stance. That you have delayed a little only shows you have had patience and not rushed into your decision. Please ensure the status quo remains when parliament convenes on 7th. The entire nation should be indebted to you for your bold decision.

  • 0
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    I do not want to even bother to read this.
    —————————————————
    As long as the executive Presidency ensured by the directorial constitution remains, you can write letters after letters and talk to the entire world and offer any number of press briefings.

    Nothing is going to happen,

  • 2
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    British Bastards Corporation (BBC) has reported:
    Sri Lanka crisis: Fears of a ‘bloodbath’ in power struggle
    ————————
    British journalists are notorious for biased reporting when they report from so called ‘Third World Countries’.

  • 1
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    What a idiot. Anyway these are not his ideas. This is to make country unstable. It is the President who has got executive to do above things.Past presidents done many times before. So how can it be undemocratic suddenly.

  • 0
    0

    Now for the real coup d’etat

  • 2
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    Karu Jayasooriya is the most undemocratic Speaker this country had. This joker thinks that he is above the President who is elected by the people in the country.

    • 4
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      As per the constitution a decision by the Speaker cannot be challenged in court. However, a decision of the President can be challenged in court. So who is superior? Its the Speaker. Thats democracy.

  • 10
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    Once this constitutional crisis is resolved and normalcy restored, the first thing that must be done is to present an impeachment motion against the president in parliament. The impeachment motion must also include a provision requiring the president to undergo a psychiatric evaluation by a panel of headshrinkers. Whether the test proves positive or negative, this person will have to vacate his post.

  • 8
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    If the GAMARALA had the courage to wage a war on the Govt with the support
    of the enemy force , that war must be FACED. This is not the first time this
    happened . S L F P has a history of tampering with the law of the country . They
    are an anti-democratic force within the structure of party politics where even
    J V P has a more developed mindset tilted towards democracy . Ranil is of course
    no saint but this whole issue is not about Ranil , it is about ROGUES of S L F P
    who are greedy of power to ROB THE COUNTRY ! The attempt must not only be
    defeated but also be rooted out so it never happens another time . Ranil is being
    used as an excuse to hide the whole rogue intent ! AS FAR AS U N P IS CONCERNED
    THIS IS DO OR DIE ! I AM NOT a U N P er but I am angry my vote has been snatched
    away . GAMARALA IS A THIEF and I am also angry that the U N P recommended to
    me that GAMARALA is a MAHATHMA ! THE WHOLE OF 225 minus J V P are a bunch
    of CROOKS .

  • 8
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    Bravo. Mr. Speaker, you have set an example to the whole world that tyranny and despotism, even in the cloak of justice cannot be allowed to triumph.

  • 2
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    President Sirisena did the right thing by kicking out Ranil who went against the principals of ‘Yahapalanaya’ that he pledged to usher. Eliminating corruption was the prominent slogan. But as soon as Ranil became the PM, Central Bank robbery took place twice with his knowledge. Then he allowed the main culprit to escape. Many contracts were given without following the correct tender procedure. Allowed UNP MPs to take bribes. He himself bribed UNP MPs to protect him. President Sirisena tried to fulfill what he promised by exposing the ‘Bond Scam’ despite all the obstacles placed by Ranil and his Royal stooges.

    • 1
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      How about impeaching MY3 on the following matters:
      Crossing over as President, Purchasing Russian Ship, Bro. as T-com
      chairman, 3 Yrs assets of son & daughter undisclosed, giving cover to forces involved in disappearances, Chasing away Dilrukshi Dias,
      Suppressing murder charges of Mrs. Gammanpillai, Not acting on
      Mohan Peiris illegal utterances, Supressing charges of Mangala made
      on 8-1-15 night. Preventing case against Sarath Silva re MR, Calling
      back files of Dilan Peries and Sunil Premachandra from FCID,
      Hiding Sajin Vass to be made crown witness, Importing 35 million
      vehicle. Failing to proceed on Media victims death as promised,
      Selecting notorious Judges to C.Council etc

  • 0
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    Correction .
    Pardon me
    directorial to read as dictatorial

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