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Yugadanawi agreement: Wickramasinghe raises privilage matter in Parliament

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Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickeremesinghe today (13) raised a Privilage question in Parliament over the government not providing a copy of agreement signed with US firm New Fortress Enegrgy regarding transferring shares of Yugadanavi Power Plant.

Referring a copy of agreement provided to the Court, Wockremesinghe said that the agreement is in violation of the Law in Sri Lanka and therefore, it cannot be enacted.

Under Article 43(1) of the Constitution, Ministers are collectively responsible to Parliament. Section 7 of the Act states in addition to the privileges, immunities and powers conferred by this Act, that the Parliament and Members will also enjoy such likes and immunities for the time being held, enjoyed and exercised by the House of Commons of Parliament. Furthermore,
Section 9 states, “All privileges, immunities and powers of Parliament shall be a part of the general and public law.” Providing information to Parliament is governed both by our Standing Orders and the UK House of Commons practices,
he noted.

The Framework Agreement between the Government of Sri Lanka and NFE Sri Lanka Power Holdings LLC is in breach of the Ministerial duty of providing information to Parliament.

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