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Speaker defends decision on opposition leader post

Some joint opposition members have said they will not recognize the Speaker if he fails to recognize their demands. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today defended his decision not to change the leader of the opposition in Parliament.Jayasuriya said in a statement that the decision taken earlier was done after careful consideration. The Speaker however said that he had studied the matter very closely and had wide ranging discussions on the matter and also based his decision on the standing orders of Parliament.The joint opposition wants Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena to be appointed as the leader of the opposition. (Colombo Gazette) The joint opposition has opposed the decision taken by the Speaker to keep Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R Sampanthan as the opposition leader.

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