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Speaker calls for the end of sale of MPs

Sri Lanka has been facing a severe socio-political and economic set back as a result of the ongoing political crisis which has disrupted the normal proceedings of parliament, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya emphasized issuing a media release today (4). 

President Maithripala Sirisena has so far failed to accept the majority of 122 MPs of four major political parties allowing the minority and solitary United National Front to continue its functions as the ruling party. 

Sri Lanka's Court of Appeal on Monday issued an interim order restraining Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Cabinet of the purported government from functioning until the petition is heard on 12th December. 

The ruling by the Court of Appeal comes after former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa refused to step down despite losing two no-confidence motions in parliament last month. 

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said that immediate measures should be taken into on going attempts to buy over MPs by the Rajapaksa political clan using parliamentary powers and reiterated that he is fully committed towards this endeavour. 

He expressed the belief that all party leaders should focus their attention on settling the current political crisis without seeking petty political gains, he added. 

He noted that the president and the whole state machinery should focus their attention towards restoring normalcy once again in the country without pushing it into an abyss. 

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