Special sitting of House tomorrow


By Saman Indrajith

Chief of Staff of Parliament and Acting Secretary General Neil Iddawala yesterday said a special sitting of the House would be held tomorrow (10).

The special meeting had been summoned on a request made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Iddawela told The Island.

The special meeting had been requested as per the provision No. 14 of the Standing Orders of Parliament, he said, requesting all MPs to attend parliament at 10.30 a.m.

Parliament sources said Prime Minister Wickremesinghe would make a special statement.

The SLFP, the Joint Opposition and the JVP have requested Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to convene Parliament immediately to debate the recommendations of the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry that investigated the treasury bond scams.

Parliament was adjourned till Jan 23 when it last met on Dec 10. Though the first session of Parliament for this year 2018 was scheduled for Jan 23, there was an urgent need for the Parliament to convene immediately as per the recent developments in the country, JVP Propaganda Secretary MP Vijitha Herath said.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, too, in his speech at the UNP’s 70th anniversary meeting at the Campbell Park on Sunday (07) called on the Speaker to convene Parliament so that the matters pertaining to bond issuance could be debated.

Following the requests made by the Opposition parties, the Speaker’s office announced that a special party leaders’ meeting would be held today (9) to decide upon a date on which the report on the Bond scandal would be debated on.

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