The parliamentary session has been temporarily suspended for 10 minutes following heated arguments over the imprisonment of Ranjan Ramanayake, says Ada Derana reporter.
Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena brought to the notice of the House the correct position in respect of the letter that was directed by the Secretary-General of the Parliament to the Chairman of the Election Commission.
The Secretary-General had informed of a vacancy that has emerged in the membership of the 9th Parliament as Ranjan Ramanayake from the electoral district of Gampaha has ceased to be a Member of Parliament in terms of Article 66(D) of the Constitution.
Ramanayake was convicted by the Supreme Court on the 12th of January for the offence of contempt of court punishable under Article 105(3) of the Constitution and was sentenced to a term of four-year rigorous imprisonment.
Following the announcement, the Speaker, expressing regret over the conduct of the parliamentarians during yesterday’s proceedings, urged them to “behave a little more responsibly, with more decent attitude towards the House.”