Speaker rejects identifying joint opposition as independent group

Government MPs

Feb 09, 2016 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Parliament turned chaotic after the Speaker refused a request to identify the joint opposition as an independent group in Parliament.

The Speaker told Parliament that he is not ready to identify joint opposition as an independent group though they can be provided more time to speak in the future.

The Joint Opposition is currently staging a protest inside the house with accompanied shouting and hooting.

Despite the disturbances the local authorities elections (amendment) bill giving more representation for women was presented to the Parliament by the Leader of the house.

The bill seeks to increase women representation in local government by 25 percent.

Government MPs gathered around PM

Government MPs gathered near PM