Jan 10, 2018

Marikkar hits Lokuge as blows exchanged in parliament Featured

Joint opposition’s Gamini Lokuge obtained treatment from a private hospital after he was hit in the face by UNP’s S.M. Marikkar in the House this morning (10).

Blows were exchanged during a special debate on the report of the presidential commission that inquired into the Central Bank bond sale.

Members were not given copies of the report, although they were supposed to discuss the matter.

The uproar began after prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called Mahinda Rajapaksa a thief, after which Marikkar and Lokuge were involved in fisticuffs.

Chaminda Wijesiri, Johnston Fernando, Hector Appuhamy and Kaviratne too, joined in.

JO’s Ranjith Sozya was treated for minor injuries, while UNP’s Kavinda Jayawardena fainted and admitted to hospital.

 

3 parties called for debate

After a call by three parties for a debate on the commission report, the speaker consulted the prime minister who has the powers to convene an emergency meeting.

After the PM consented, the date was fixed for today, and it was agreed at a meeting of the party leaders yesterday that the report should be tabled in parliament.

 

Report to the House before Jan. 17

Then, the president has discussed with the attorney general and informed the House that the report would first be referred to the bribery commission, attorney general and the Central Bank, and will be tabled in parliament on or near January 17.

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Disruptions

When sessions started at 10.30 am, Dinesh Gunawardena, Anura Kumara Dissanayake and others in the opposition noted it would be pointless to debate a report without first seeing it.

As agreed yesterday, the PM made a speech, but amidst disruptions by JO members, who came to the well of the House carrying posters.

Due to the uproar, the speaker adjourned the House and held a party leaders’ meeting.

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