Sri Lanka’s MPs clash in Parliament, one hospitalized


May 03, 2016 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Tuesday adjourned following a tense situation that erupted in the chamber with parliamentarians in the joint opposition staging a protest against a statement made by Parliamentarian Sarath Fonseka.

Fonseka made a statement on the withdrawal of Army security from former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s security detail, while criticizing the conduct of Rajapaksa.

Shortly afterwards, the joint opposition took to the middle of the house and began the agitation.

Kegalle District UNP Parliamentarian Sandith Samarasinghe was admitted to the National Hospital following the incident in Parliament with minor injuries, reports said.

50 army personnel assigned to the security detail of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa were withdrawn yesterday. Police personnel were assigned instead, but they are not trained in VVIP security, the joint opposition said.

Meanwhile, the Speaker has appointed a special committee to investigate the matter and report to him about the clash.

Sandith Samarasinghe

Sandith Samarasinghe