Speaker Karu Jayasuriya issued a strong statement responding to President Maithripala Sirisena’s letter, affirming that the correct procedure was followed when adopting the No Confidence Motion against Mahinda Rajapaksa.
In a strongly worded letter, Jayasuriya said he informed the MPs thrice that he would conduct a voice vote on the No Confidence Motion due to continued disruption by pro-Rajapaksa MPs.
Reminding Sirisena of the circumstances under which Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed the Prime Minister in January 2015, Jayasuriya said Sirisena sought a mandate to appoint Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister, subsequent to his appointment as the President.
Jayasuriya said pursuing a collective decision adopted by 122 Parliamentarians was his duty as the Speaker. This, he said, amounted to Parliamentary democracy. He also added that he had set foot to Sirikotha, the UNP headquarters, and had refrained from engaging in any party activity since his appointment as the Speaker.