MPs offered Rs 100-500 mn

Fear of violence expressed by some MPs - President


Maithripala Sirisena, issuing a special statement, yesterday, said that he had been compelled to dissolve parliament because fear had been expressed by some MPs belonging to the parties to the dispute that there was the possibility of the House being thrown into chaos and even several deaths caused on Nov. 14, when parliament was to be reconvened.

Giving other reasons for the dissolution of parliament, President Sirisena said prices had been placed on MPs following the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as the PM. The President said amounts ranging from Rs. 100 mn to Rs 500 mn had been offered to MPs.

The President said that he had been saddened by the conduct of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, who, he said, had first recognised Rajapaksa as the PM, but later changed his position.

According to parliamentary traditions no vote was taken on the first day to determine whether the newly appointed PM commanded the confidence of the House, the President said, noting that Standing Orders did not provide for such a division.

The President said that with the dissolution of Parliament, the people had now been given an opportunity to elect a group of intelligent, experienced representatives to parliament.

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