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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to Convene Parliament at 10 am On Wednesday Nov 14th Preceded by Party Leaders Meeting at 8.30 am In the Parliamentary Complex.

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Sri Lanka’s Speaker, Karu Jayasuriya has asked members to convene to determine the legitimacy of a government and asked the public and officials to abide by the decisions of court and parliament after courts suspended a sacking of the Parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena.

“After several days of political uncertainty, the public can take pride in our judiciary, which has risen to the occasion and treated this matter of grave national importance with due urgency and deliberation,” Speaker Jayasuriya said in a statement.

“Parliament must now perform its role by allowing the elected representatives of the people to reach a determination on the legitimacy of their government.

“I urge the public to find comfort in the day’s events and to share my confidence in our elected representatives.

:It is important that the general public and especially persons in positions of responsibility conduct themselves in a calm and dignified manner in order to avoid unnecessary provocation and instability.

“I ask all Sri Lankans to peacefully accept the determinations of the judiciary and Parliament.”

The full statement is reproduced below:

Over the last two days, The Supreme Court of the Republic of Sri Lanka heard arguments in several petitions challenging the 9th November 2018 Proclamation that purported to dissolve the 8th Parliament of Sri Lanka. Earlier this evening, the Supreme Court made interim order suspending until 7th December 2018 the operation of Extraordinary Gazette Notification Number 2096/70 by which the President sought to dissolve Parliament.

As this order by The Supreme Court renders the Gazette Notification ineffective, Parliament is bound by the previous Extraordinary Gazette Notification Number 2095/50 dated 4th November 2018 by which the President summoned Parliament to convene at 10:00 AM on 14th November 2018.

I have discussed this development with the Secretary-General of Parliament and several party leaders. A party leader’s meeting will be held in the Parliament Complex at 8:30 AM tomorrow, 14th November 2018.

Thereafter, Parliament shall convene at the Chamber of Parliament at 10:00 AM in accordance with the Proclamation issued by the President per Extraordinary Gazette Notification Number 2095/50 dated 4th November 2018.

After several days of political uncertainty, the public can take pride in our judiciary, which has risen to the occasion and treated this matter of grave national importance with due urgency and deliberation.

Parliament must now perform its role by allowing the elected representatives of the people to reach a determination on the legitimacy of their government. I urge the public to find comfort in the day’s events and to share my confidence in our elected representatives.

It is important that the general public and especially persons in positions of responsibility conduct themselves in a calm and dignified manner in order to avoid unnecessary provocation and instability. I ask all Sri Lankans to peacefully accept the determinations of the judiciary and Parliament.

Karu Jayasuriya

Speaker of Parliament

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