Sri Lanka legislators in move to cut PM office funds

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s United National Front has submitted a motion to cut funds to Prime Minister’s office and a no-confidence motion, legislator Rauff Hakeem told reporters.

The motion is expected to be taken up for debate on November 29.

Hakeem said despite being defeated by two motions of no confidence, a purported administration of Mahinda Rajapaksa was clinging on to power illegally.

Wimal Weerawansa, a Rajapaksa ally said a court case had been filed over whether the sittings of the parliament were legal.

Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri adjourned parliament till Friday after short debate over the appointment of a select committee to probe unruly behavior of legislator over the last two sittings.

Meanwhile President Maithripala Sirisena, in a statement said he thanked everyoen for remaining calm.

UNP legislator Sajith Premadasa told reporters parliament was well behaved because there was no vote. He told reporters that Rajapaksa supporters behaved worse than wild animals. It is an insult to compare wild animals and he withdraws references to wild animals.

He said the violence came because an ilegal administration clearly did not have a majority.

There is a proposal to set up a select committee to probe the violent behaviour of legislators.  (Colombo/Nov19/2018)





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