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* Sri Lanka President requests the Speaker to hold a new vote by name to show majority
Fri, Nov 16, 2018, 10:15 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has requested the Speaker to conduct a vote by name to show that the government headed by him and the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has no majority in parliament in order to resolve the current political crisis constitutionally.

President Sirisena has made this request at a meeting held between the President and the Speaker of the Parliament, Karu Jayasuriya, and the representatives of the political parties of United National Front and the Tamil National Alliance held at the Presidentís office Thursday (15).

In the 2-hour long meeting discussions were held regarding the current political development, the President's Media Division said.

The leaders of those political parties said that the majority is with them and asked the President to accept it.

The President has admitted that he would conduct his duties in accordance with the Constitution and informed the party leaders to show that the majority is with them respecting the traditions of the Parliament.

Removing the Proposal No 1 presented to the Parliament on November 14 and convening the Parliament again tomorrow were also considered and the President asked the representatives to hold the voting by the names of the Members of Parliament.

The President asked them to show the majority of the Parliament and informed the representatives that this issue can be conducted in accordance with the Constitution.

The President asked all the parties representing Parliament to ensure the peaceful conduct in the parliament and to carry the duties in accordance with the Constitution and the Standing Orders of the Parliament.

Leader of Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA), MP Mano Ganesan, who was present at the meeting, said the President promised not to prorogue the parliament again and to support the 'majority' group in the House to obtain a functioning 'government'.

 

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