Harim Peiris

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Archive for January 9th, 2013

Battling to preserve an independent judiciary and bring about national reconciliation

Posted by harimpeiris on January 9, 2013

Earlier this week the Rajapakse Administration added yet another dubious distinction to its governance records by braking decades of parliamentary tradition and forcing on the order paper of Parliament the debate and vote on the impeachment motion against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranaike. Traditionally and historically the agenda of parliament, is agreed upon by consensus at the Party leaders meetings. However on this historic first occasion all the opposition party representatives walked out of the party leaders meeting after vehemently protesting that a report and process held null and void by the Supreme Court should not be proceeded with by Parliament. The constitutionally required procedure of enabling legislation and ensuring due process must be complied with. A UPFA government that wrapped up an inquiry in four weeks would have none of it.

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