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* Sri Lanka parliament temporarily adjourns due to Joint Opposition members' disruption
Wed, Sep 20, 2017, 08:04 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya temporarily adjourned parliamentary proceedings due to disruption by the members of the Joint Opposition today. The Speaker suspended the sittings at around 11.20 a.m.

Tension prevailed in the Parliament today after the Joint Opposition members stormed into the well of the House protesting the second reading debate on the Provincial Councils Elections (Amendment) Bill.

Following the disruption, the Speaker met with the party leaders, the Prime Minister and Attorney General and the sittings resumed at 1.30 p.m.

The Speaker announced that there aren't any legal objections to continue the Provincial Councils Elections (Amendment) Bill and the debate continued.

The ruling party yesterday decided not to take up the debate on the 20th Amendment to the Constitution Bill scheduled for Wednesday after the Supreme Court ruled that the Bill needs a referendum in addition to a two-thirds majority vote to become the law. The Second Reading of the bill, which seeks to hold election for all nine provincial councils on a single date, was scheduled for September 20th.

Instead the UNP parliamentary group has decided to bring the Provincial Councils Elections (Amendment) Bill, which aims to increase the number of female representatives in Provincial Councils in Parliament today.

The Second Reading of the Provincial Councils Elections (Amendment) Bill passed in parliament with a two-third majority today.

 

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