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* Imprisoned lawmaker loses his seat in Sri Lanka parliament
Thu, Oct 7, 2010, 07:01 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka's former Army Commander and Democratic National Alliance (DNA) leader Sarath Fonseka who is serving a 30-month jail term has lost his seat in the parliament.

The acting Secretary General of Sri Lanka parliament Dhammika Kitulgoda, has informed the Elections Commissioner in a letter that under the Constitution Sarath Fonseka has lost his parliamentary seat due to his imprisonment.

Fonseka, who was found guilty by a court martial of violating military procurement procedures during his tenure as Army Commander, is currently serving a 30-month long jail term at the Welikada prison.

The Parliamentary Secretary General has requested the Election Commissioner to name Fonseka's replacement to fill the vacancy.

Meanwhile, the opposition leader Ranil Wickremasinghe questioned the validity of the letter sent to the Elections Commissioner during the parliamentary session today. The deputy Speaker has asserted that the letter is in Accordance with the constitution.



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