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Opposition Storms Suspended Parliament

July 17, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

About 80 opposition lawmakers forced their way past police barricades and into Sri Lanka's suspended Parliament, announcing that they would file an impeachment motion against the president.

Opposition parties said they should be allowed the use of some rooms in the building despite being banned by President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who suspended Parliament last week to avoid a possible defeat on a pending no-confidence motion.

"We will file an impeachment motion at the first available opportunity," said Ravi Karunanayake, a leader of the United National Party.

No motions can be filed until Parliament reconvenes.

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