Sujeewa’s outburst against President Violates Standing Order 78 – says JO Speaker to inquire

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By 2017-11-23

By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake

State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe's apparent outburst against President Maithripala Sirisena at a media briefing held at the United National Party Headquarters Sirikotha on 21 November came under fire in Parliament yesterday (22).

Leader of the Joint Opposition, Dinesh Gunawardena raising a Point of Order requested Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to investigate the matter, alleging that Senasinghe's conduct violates Standing Orders.

Speaker Jayasuriya stated that he would ascertain as to whether the conduct of the President had been criticized by the alleged statement made by the State Minister.

Gunawardena said even though the conduct of the President cannot be criticized as per the provisions of Standing Orders 78, Senasinghe had done so.

"The Speaker should look into this matter and give a decision."

MPs Bandula Gunawardena and Ranjith de Soysa also expressed their views on the matter.

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