To dissolve parliament was to prevent unrest, says Sri Lankan President Sirisena

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has said trading of MPs, lack of majority for any side in Parliament and speaker’s actions led to his decision to dissolve parliament.

In an address last night, Mr. Sirisena noted that in the highest institute that represents people’s sovereignty, the individual worth of MPs was estimated in millions of rupees. Terming the behavior of Speaker Mr. Karu Jayasuriya as most shocking, the President said his attempt not to recognize the appointment of a Prime Minister by the President was the second reason for dissolving the Parliament.

President also said that he dissolved the parliament to prevent a physical fight when the parliament reconvened on the 14th November. President’s decision to dissolve parliament and call for elections on January 5th has been criticized by opposition and independent groups will challenge the decision in Supreme Court today.

Meanwhile, new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said the election will go ahead adding he was confident of sweeping the election. He said the international community must realise that this is democracy and understand that they are seeking a mandate from the people.

Earlier, speaker had come out openly against President saying the executive branch led by President has seized the rights and powers of MPs who were elected to represent the people. He said the wilful disregard demonstrated by the executive towards Parliament has left the rights and privileges of ordinary citizens at grave risk. The speaker called upon public servants to remember their obligations for country and not to execute any illegal orders they may receive.

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