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Friday, 23 November 2018 - 14:10
Ruling party rejects the Speaker and walks out of the chamber; Parliament adjourned for November 27th
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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced the members who have been appointed to the select committee when parliament commenced at 10.30 this morning.

Later, the ruling party walked out from the house chambers today in protest of the speaker’s decision with regard to the select committee.

Several crucial meetings were held today before parliament commenced but the ruling and the Opposition parties were unable to come to a final decision with regard to the select committee.

Accordingly, the speaker announced 5 names each from the UPFA and UNF and one member each from Ilangai Tamil Arasu Kachchi and the JVP.

Dinesh Gunawardena, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Wimal Weerawansa, Mahinda Samarasinghe and SB Dissanayake have been appointed form the UPFA while Lakshman Kiriella, Rauff Hakeem, Rishard Badi Udin, Mano Ganeshan and Champika Ranawaka were appointed from the UNF.

 Mawai Senadhiraja and Vijitha Herath have been appointed from the Ilangai Tamil Arasu Kachchi and the JVP respectively.

The leader of the house, Dinesh Gunawardena said that his party did not approve of those individuals that the speaker’ decided to appoint to the select committee.

He said that the speaker should offer the majority membership to the ruling party, honouring parliament traditions.

 Later, MPs Lakshman Kiriella and JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake expressed their views on the speaker’s stance.

Addressing the house JVP Leader, Anura Kumara Dissanayake demanded a vote on the select committee.

The speaker then conducted an electronic vote in the house.

At that stage all government MPs started to make their way out of the house chambers.

Later the speaker announced that the resolution with regard to the select committee was passed in the absence of the ruling party members.

Outside parliament, MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage told the media that his group is ready to take legal action against the speaker.

The parliament was adjourned until November 27 and 29.

However, the adjourning debate is still being held.
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