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* Sri Lanka Marxist party to boycott impeachment debate in parliament
Wed, Jan 9, 2013, 09:00 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has decided not to participate in the debate in parliament over the impeachment motion against the Chief Justice and the report by the parliamentary select committee (PSC) that probed the charges.

JVP parliamentary group leader, Anura Kumara Dissanayake told a news conference this morning that the party members in parliament would not participate in the debate on the impeachment scheduled for the 10th and 11th.

He explained that the Supreme Court has determined that the PSC is illegal and the Court of Appeal has held that the PSC report is also illegal.

According to Dissanayake, the JVP was not prepared to participate in a debate on an illegal impeachment procedure and a report by an illegal committee.

Sri Lanka's Appeal Court based on the Supreme Court's interpretation of the Constitution said a parliamentary select committee appointed in terms of Standing Order 78A derives its power and authority entirely from the Standing Order which is not law and therefore, the PSC has no legal right to take action against the Chief Justice

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