Why did the JVP boycott the all-party meeting?

Why did the JVP boycott the all-party meeting?

Written by Staff Writer

18 Nov, 2018 | 9:27 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st) – The JVP lead by Anura Kumara Dissanayake boycotted today’s all-party conference which was convened by President Maithripala Sirisena in order to discuss the discuss the current political situation of the country. Issuing a letter the JVP explained their decision to the President.

Addressing the media today, Dissanayake stated that the President’s initial decision to appoint an individual who does not have the majority in Parliament as the prime minister and the subsequent decision to appoint ministers thereafter, lead to confusion and havoc in the country.

The decisions, according to Dissanayake, created an environment where MPs were able to exploit their position in Parliament for monetary gains.

Dissanayake said that although the resolution was passed by a no-confidence motion that the President hadn’t acted accordingly adding that ever since they presented the no-confidence motion, they acted according to the correct procedures. He continued to explain that according to section 47 (i) that the result could be reached through a voice vote and that this was not the first time it was exercised in parliament

The JVP Leader added that back when the 18th amendment to the constitution was being debated, Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa took the vote by voice. He explained that a similar technique was adopted in passing the Right to Information act which was presented by Karu Jayasuriya who was at the time an opposition MP.

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