Parliament Unrest: Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Displeased – [VIDEO]

Tuesday, 03 May 2016 - 17:25


Speaker of House Karu Jayasuriya has condemned the unrest that broke out in Parliament this afternoon that also resulted in injuries to several Parliamentarians.

The Speaker resuming the Parliamentary session after a short adjournment, called for a prompt report into today’s incident.

Hiru news correspondent said a tense situation prevailed within the chamber when Minister of Regional Development Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka addressed the house on the recent changes to the security detail of former President MP Mahinda Rajapaksa.

According to reports, several opposition MPs disrupted proceedings by forcing their way to the landing area of the chamber.

MPs representing the government also rose from their seats to protect Minister Fonseka from being assaulted. A brawl broke out subsequently with United National Party Kegalle District MP Sandith Samarasinghe sustaining injuries.

Resuming the sitting the Speaker said the Parliamentary Select Committee was called for a special discussion during the adjournment period while all its members condemned today’s proceedings.

The Speaker of House said the Deputy Speaker and the Deputy Chairman of the Select Committee have been ordered to look into the matter and compile a prompt report. He stressed that suitable action will be taken against all MPs involved.

The Speaker highlighted that he called for the implementation of a code of conduct for all Parliamentarians during the last sitting.

Speaker Jayasuriya said students and adults alike were present in the gallery this afternoon stating the supremacy of Parliament was tarnished due to the actions of a few Parliamentarians.

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