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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 - 14:28
Speaker says PC Election draft amendment ratified by AG
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The Speaker, Karu Jayasuriya says that Attorney General has informed in writing that the Provincial Council Amendment Draft Bill does not need the view of Provincial Councils.

A tense situation was erupted in parliament when this draft bill was presented in Parliament this morning (20).

Joint Opposition MP Dinesh Gunawardena questioned the Speaker under Standing Orders, whether the Draft Bill was presented to Provincial Councils for approval.

Answering to MP Gunawardena, Speaker Jayasuriya said that it was not necessary to present it to the Provincial Councils.

Amidst different arguments, subject Minister Faizer Mustapha commenced the debate on the new Bill.

However, as the Joint Opposition members continued to protest, the Speaker had to adjourn Parliament until 12 noon to have a party leaders' meeting.

Then, when the Parliament was reconvened at 1.30pm, the Speaker conveyed the AG observations.

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