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Speaker’s decision cannot be challenged in courts: Kirella

No one can challenge the decision of the Speaker on the post of Opposition Leader, House and Sate Enterprise Development Minister Lakshman Kiriella said.

Kiriella was addressing the media at the Pushpadana Hall, Kandy on August 10. He said that it is explicitly stated in a ruling given by the late Anura Bandaranike as the former Speaker.

Anura Bandaranaike's ruling stated that a decision made by Parliament could not be contested in courts.

Minister Kirella said the Speaker had made the correct decision on the Post of Opposition Leader.

The accepted tradition is to offer the Post of Opposition Leader to the party with the majority of members in the opposition sitting as one group.

The so called joint opposition was only a clique and granting the post of opposition leader to a clique was not the parliamentary tradition.

He said the 'Phottuwa party' was engineering a wave of strikes in the country. Its ulterior motive was to block foreign investments and destabilise the government, he said. 


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