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Opposition moving a vote to suspend Standing Orders a poor strategy: PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has stated that the Opposition’s decision to move a vote to suspend Standing Orders was a poor Parliamentary strategy, and had he been in Opposition, he would still have voted against suspending Standing Orders, The Morning learns.

The Prime Minister’s Media Division in a statement explained that the Prime Minister, during a discussion with Opposition MPs M.A. Sumanthiran, Rauf Hakeem and Mano Ganesan yesterday (16), informed that they were wanting to suspend Standing Orders and debate the Motion of Displeasure against the President.

The Prime Minister had then informed the Opposition MPs that the Members of Parliament had wanted to move an adjournment debate regarding the attacks on their homes and so they should be allowed to do so. 

He explained that since the Motion of Displeasure was already on the order books it would be taken up afterwards. He said that the MPs would defeat a vote to suspend Standing Orders as the most pressing issue for them were their houses being attacked.

This was again explained to MP M.A. Sumanthiran today (17) in the Chamber. The Prime Minister, following the vote, explained to several Opposition MPs that the Government MPs would now use the defeat of the vote to suspend Standing Orders as an opportunity to prevent the Motion of Displeasure against the President being debated.