Wednesday, 24 June 2015 - 13:11
Update: Would parliament be dissolved tonight?
There is speculation in the political circle today whether parliament will be dissolved tonight.
However, several UNP and SLFP senior members told our news team that they are not clearly aware of such a decision.
However, many people believe that parliament would be dissolved tonight.
At the same time, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera confirmed to our news team that a Cabinet meeting would be held this evening as usual.
A rumor began to spread after certain government top stakeholders hinted of dissolving parliament, during discussions with minority parties.
Meanwhile, views about dissolving parliament tonight or a few days later were expressed inside and outside of parliament today.
Participating in the adjourning debate over the 20th amendment, former minister D.E.W. Gunasekera concluded his speech stating that it could be his last speech in parliament.
Meanwhile, leader of the house and minister Lakshman Kiriella answered MP Dinesh Gunawardana with regard to the latter’s question about former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s security details.
At this juncture, speaker Chamal Rajapaksa’s intervention also posed a hint about dissolving parliament tonight.
Another dialogue between JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti and Minister Joseph Michael Perera also concluded with rising speculations that the parliament would be dissolved tonight.
At the same time, journalists enquired foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera during a media conference held in Colombo today whether the parliament is dissolved tonight.
Meanwhile, Minister S.B. Dissanayake told a media conference convened by the SLFP today that the President expects to dissolve parliament after the 20th Amendment is passed in parliament this evening.
At the same time, SLFP Media Spokesman and former minister Dilan Perera said that the parliament should be dissolved after passing the 20th Amendment.
He stated this during a media conference convened by Socialist People Front in Colombo this afternoon.
Update: Wednesday, 24 June 2015 - 19:36
Party leader Hakeem makes an aggressive speech in Parliament
SLMC face trouble by rejecting former President Mahinda Rajapakse
The SLMC Leader Rauff Hakeem told in parliament today that he was entrapped in a different issue by working to defeat former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Urban Development and Water Supple Minister Rauff Hakeem stated this by opening the adjourning debate on new electoral system today.
During his aggressive speech, minister Hakeem stated the Opposition leader and the Chief Whip of the Opposition hinted yesterday that he has become cat’s paw of the Prime Minister.
Rejecting such allegations, minister Hakeem said that the UNP also has a selfish goal.
Referring to a backroom clique, he said that a particular minister is behaving like a dictator in the ministerial sub committee for changing of electoral system.
He also said that the authority which gazatted the 20th Amendment should be enquired from that particular backroom clique.
He stressed he did not accept, that only the preferential system is changed under the 20th Amendment.
Nobody has behaved in such a dictatorship manner during such occasion in the past.
Even though his proposals are not accept, an opportunity should at least be given to discuss them.
He also said that certain television channels have been leased to publicize that the same number of seats are allocated under the new electoral system as well.
He introduced such system as a march towards Constitutional authoritarian ship.
Minister Hakeem also warned that the SLFP should beware of these dictatorial persons.