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* Speaker commends judiciary, requests people's representatives to determine the eligibility of the government
Tue, Nov 13, 2018, 11:32 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Speaker Karu Jayasuriya commended the judiciary for rising to the occasion and deliver a ruling with due urgency and deliberation to resolve the serious crisis the country has endured recently.

The Speaker in accordance with the President Maithripala Sirisena's previous Extraordinary Gazette Notification of November 4th has reconvened the parliament on Wednesday, 14th November at 10 am. Prior to that a party leaders' meeting will be held on the 14th at 8:30 am.

The Speaker expressing confidence in the elected representatives of people said the Parliament must now perform its role by allowing the elected representatives to reach a determination on the legitimacy of their government.

Following is the full text of the Speaker's media release:

Over the last two days, The Supreme Court of the Republic of Sri Lanka heard arguments in several petitions challenging the 9th November 2018 Proclamation that purported to dissolve the 8th Parliament of Sri Lanka. Earlier this evening, the Supreme Court made interim order suspending until 7th December 2018 the operation of Extraordinary Gazette Notification Number 2096/70 by which the President sought to dissolve Parliament.

As this order by The Supreme Court renders the Gazette Notification ineffective, Parliament is bound by the previous Extraordinary Gazette Notification Number 2095/50 dated 4th November 2018 by which the President summoned Parliament to convene at 10:00 AM on 14th November 2018.

I have discussed this development with the Secretary-General of Parliament and several party leaders. A party leader's meeting will be held in the Parliament Complex at 8:30 AM tomorrow, 14th November 2018.

Thereafter, Parliament shall convene at the Chamber of Parliament at 10:00 AM in accordance with the Proclamation issued by the President per Extraordinary Gazette Notification Number 2095/50 dated 4th November 2018.

After several days of political uncertainty, the public can take pride in our judiciary, which has risen to the occasion and treated this matter of grave national importance with due urgency and deliberation.

Parliament must now perform its role by allowing the elected representatives of the people to reach a determination on the legitimacy of their government. I urge the public to find comfort in the day's events and to share my confidence in our elected representatives.

It is important that the general public and especially persons in positions of responsibility conduct themselves in a calm and dignified manner in order to avoid unnecessary provocation and instability. I ask all Sri Lankans to peacefully accept the determinations of the judiciary and Parliament.


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