Picture taken on July 24, 2016 shows a wooden cross hanging from a barrier at a memorial of candles and flowers laid down in front of the Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping centre in Munich, southern Germany, where an 18-year-old German-Iranian student run amok. Europe reacted in shock to the third attack on the continent in just over a week, after David Ali Sonboly went on a shooting spree at a shopping centre on July 22, 2016 in what appears to have been a premeditated attack, before turning the gun on himself. Karl-Josef Hildenbrand / dpa / AFP

Office of Missing Persons:

Controversial bill now needs simple majority due to JO’s lapse

Due to a serious lapse on the part of the Joint Opposition (JO), the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government in now in a position to pass the controversial Office of Missing Persons (OMP) Bill with a simple majority, according to legal sources.

The JO comprises nearly 50 members out of 95 UPFA parliamentary group, including a dozen National List nominees.

Sources said that the UNP and four-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) had the required numbers to adopt the Bill.

The UNP and the TNA secured 122 seats, including 25 National List slots at the last parliamentary polls in August 2015.



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