June 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne walked out of parliament today protesting that he wasn't given a chance to address the debate on the UN investigation on human rights violations in Sri Lanka.
The Prime Minister charged that his time slot was allocated to Minister Douglas Devananda without his consent.
The Prime Minister raised the issue after the Tamil National Alliance MP A. Vinayagamoorthy finished his address. Although the PM was scheduled to speak next the deputy chairman of committees Chandrakumar Murugesu, chairing the debate, allowed Minister Devananda to proceed.
PM said he would walk out since he would not be given a chance to speak.
The Opposition pointed out at this moment that as the leader of the House, the Prime Minister had to be given prominence when addressing the parliament.