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* Utter chaos prevails in Sri Lanka parliament, government MPs try to attack Speaker
Thu, Nov 15, 2018, 11:54 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 15, Colombo: Utter chaos prevailed in Sri Lanka parliament today and even the Speaker of the parliament came under attack from the members of Sri Lanka President's party led government.

The parliament convened this morning at 10 am for the second day after President Maithripala Sirisena prorogued the Assembly last month.

At the beginning of today's session, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has announced that the House does not recognize a government or an opposition. A no-confidence motion brought against the President-appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his government yesterday was passed with 122 MPs voting for the motion.

However, the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa rejecting the Speaker's announcement has insisted on making a special statement at the session today. After the PM concluded his speech, MP Lakshman Kiriella has moved a motion of no-confidence against the statement made by the PM. The Speaker has then inquired whether the House would like to go for a vote on that, resulting in objections from members of the ruling party. It has been reported that MPs supporting former President Mahinda Rajapaksa have hurled wastepaper baskets at the Speaker objecting his announcement.

According to UNP parliamentarian Dr. Harsha de Silva, the sequence of events that led to the chaos was most shameful day in Parliament.

UNP MPs have rushed to the Speaker's chair to protect him and get entangled in a brawl with the UPFA MPs supporting Rajapaksa, according to MP Dr. de Silva. Some members of parliament have received minor injuries.

Following the melee, the Speaker has adjourned the parliament and left the Chamber.


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