Speaker to deliver special statement on post of Opposition Leader

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya is set to make a special statement in Parliament today over the position of Opposition Leader.

According to a senior spokesperson in Parliament, the Speaker is set to meet with the parties concerned and hold discussions in this regard prior to making the special statement.

On Tuesday (Dec 18), Speaker Karu Jayasuriya accepted Mahinda Rajapaksa as the opposition leader, however, the move was opposed by the UNP, TNA and the SLMC who raised issues relating to the parliamentary seat of MP Mahinda Rajapaksa. They claimed that his decision to obtain membership in the SLPP disqualified him from continuing as a member of Parliament.