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Thursday, 15 November 2018 - 7:34
President responds to Speaker in writing stating the Speaker has violated the constitution, standing orders and parliamentary convention
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In response to a letter received by the president forwarded by the speaker, President Maithreepala Sirisena has stated that the speaker completely disregarded the constitution, standing orders and parliamentary convention by filing a no confidence motion against the government.

The president’s letter elaborated on the manner in which a no confidence motion is to be filed against the government and the procedures that needed to be followed in accordance with the constitution and standing orders, in order to pass such a motion.

The letter further noted that, at an instance when the parliament is being adjudicated, the actions of the speaker affect the ongoing legal proceedings.

The president had noted that he has the authority to appoint a member of parliament as the prime minister, who he believes is able to sustain the confidence of the parliament, and that there is no need or parliamentary convention which requires to show whether the Prime Minister or government has or does not have the ability to secure a majority.

It has been noted that the president was deeply disappointed by the Speaker’s attempt to confirm the passing of the no confidence motion, sending him a list of signatories which were not rightfully certified by the Parliament.

The president’s letter also elaborated that the date of the original document comprising the list of signatories sent by the speaker had been erased and the date 14th November had been inserted.

The President made mention of the fact that on  January 9th, 2015 Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratna representing the UPFA with 162 seats in parliament was removed from the post and Ranil Wickramasinghe who possessed only 41 seats in parliament  had been appointed as Prime Minister on the request of the political party, that the Speaker represents.

the letter also states that parliament’s attempt to interpret the constitution to decide the constitutionality of the gazette notifications issued by him was an act of overriding the sole and unique authority vested with the Supreme Court.  

It was stated on the letter that the individual who is appointed as the speaker should be unbiased and secure the sovereignty of the parliament to uphold the confidence of the people regardless of the party he or she may have represented during the course of entering parliament.

In addition, the president had iterated that he has complete authority to appoint a prime minister, and that he is in full compliance with the Constitution.

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