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* Disgraceful incident in parliament today shames the whole nation - Ousted Prime Minister
Sat, Nov 17, 2018, 12:11 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said the behavior of the government lawmakers in the parliament today shames the whole nation and should be condemned in the harshest possible terms.

"This disgraceful incident that shames the whole nation today has to be condemned in the harshest possible terms. This is a blow to democracy. It is a blow to all of us who are voters of Sri Lanka in whom the sovereignty lies," Wickremesinghe said.

Addressing media after the contentious session in parliament, where the pro-Rajapaksa MPs hurled chairs, books and chili powder-mixed water at opposing lawmakers and the police today, the leader of the United National Party, the majority party of Sri Lanka parliament said the incident is a blow to democracy.

"This is a blow to democracy. It is a blow to all of us who are voters of Sri Lanka in whom the sovereignty lies," the visibly angry UNP leader said.

He said the damage done to the democratic system of the government will last longer than the injuries inflicted on the opposing MPs and police officers who were protecting the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and parliamentary officials.

He said the affairs of parliament were conducted and the resolutions were passed according to the articles 47 (1) and 47 (2).

"Today the parliament met after our delegations met the President and he wanted another resolution passed in parliament. We acted according to that decision which was states in the communiqué" the former prime minister said.

"We are not going to allow this to happen. We are the majority party in parliament. The people will ensure that this damage done to our system is annulled, but it is going to take a long time," he said.

"The events of this afternoon were not merely a disruption of the House, but an attempt to destroy parliamentary democracy. Thank you to the Speaker, the brave police officers and the MPs who stood firm against threats, intimidation and thuggery to protect the democratic process."


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