Thursday February 21, 2019

No trust against Sri Lanka PM a blessing: Minister

By Our Political Correspondent

Mar 23, 2018 14:40 PM GMT+0530 | 2 Comment(s)

ECONOMYNEXT - A move to topple Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was a "blessing" and would allow for a purge within the coalition government, a senior minister said Friday.

Buddhist Affairs Minister Gamini Jayawickrema Perera said the no-confidence motion would help identify those who are working against Wickremesinghe from within the government and clear the way for their removal.

The Joint Opposition (JO) led by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa submitted the no-trust move which is to be taken up for debate on April 4.

The opposition must get 113 votes in the 225-member house to topple Wickremesinghe. With the current balance of power in parliament, the opposition does not enjoy the simple majority required for the ouster move.

Three junior ministers in the government representing President Maithripala Sirisena's Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) faction have also signed the no-trust resolution.

United National Party sources said they were asking President Sirisena to sack the three junior ministers -- Susantha Punchinilame, T. B. Ekanayake and Nishantha Mutuhettigama. In the unlikely event of the no-confidence motion succeeding, the trio will also lose their positions as any toppling of the prime minister automatically leads to the collapse of the entire government of which they are members.

Another high profile trio, all full cabinet ministers,  who opposed Wickremesinghe were careful not to put their names to the no-confidence motion. Ministers Susil Premajayantha, Dayasiri Jayasekara and S. B. Dissanayake have chickened out after seeing that the JO did not have the required numbers.

JO leader Rajapaksa had argued against the no-confidence move saying that it would only grant Wickremesinghe an opportunity to reiterate his majority in parliament and undermine the recent gains of the JO at local polls. (COLOMBO, March 23, 2018)



  1. Banda March 23, 09:16 AM

    Whether no confidence motion succeeds or not, Sri Lanka is racing ahead towards disaster. And the vast majority laid the blame on RanilW. And the recent elections results proved that point. So, if UNP MPs like GaminiJ think they should hang on to their PM, I say even the God cannot save them at the next election.

  2. Don March 23, 08:09 AM

    There are only 55 (25 out of 225) signatures for much boasted No-Confidence motion. It has become a Loose-motion. Those MPs who signed and awaiting to sign in the coalition must pack up their bags and leave their super-luxury vehicles and go home on the 4th of April night.

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