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* Speaker appoints a committee to internally investigate unruly incidents in parliament
Thu, Nov 29, 2018, 11:33 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 29, Colombo: The police are already investigating the incidents that had taken place on the floor of the House on 14th, 15th and 16th November 2018, the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced today in parliament.

The Speaker said in addition to the police investigations, he has also appointed a committee to conduct a broad internal investigation into the disorderly conduct in the House.

The committee will be chaired by the Deputy Speaker MP Ananda Kumarasiri and comprises former Speaker MP Chamal Rajapaksa, MPS Ranjith Madduma Bandara, Chandrasiri Gajadheera, Bimal Ratnayake, and Mavai Senathirajah.

The Committee's report is expected to be presented to the House as soon as possible, the Speaker informed.

The Speaker also informed the House he had to unwillingly call the police to the House to ensure the safety of all the MPs due to the serious unrest in parliament on the three days.

Jayasuriya further informed the House that he will immediately take action to stop calling additional police security if all MPs can provide a guarantee the establishment of security inside the Chamber and the verandahs of the Chamber.

During the two parliamentary sessions on 15 and 16 November, the lawmakers of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) supporting the appointed Prime Minister attacked the Speaker, and brawled with the opposition members in an attempt to disrupt the vote on a no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister.

During the Friday's session, MPs of the minority government attacked the police officers who escorted the Speaker into the Chamber, with chili powder mixed water and hurled chairs and books at the opposition MPs. Several police officers and opposition MPs were injured in the attacks.

 

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