Sri Lanka opposition in confidence motion against Prime Minister

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Opposition members of Sri Lanka parliament has handed over a no confidence motion to the parliament with almost half of the house placing their signatures, a legislator said.

The no-confidence motion was signed by 112 of the 225 member parliament, Manusha Nanayakkara, a legislator from the opposition benches said.

The motion was based on eight key areas he said.

The motion has charged Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of running a government without the backing of the majority, appointing a Central Bank Governor who had renounced loyalty to the country and being responsible for the biggest Treasury bond fraud in history.

The members also charged that the Prime Minister had stopped small and large projects making hundreds of thousands of construction workers jobless and had also made conditions bad for the private sector.

The motion has to be put on the order paper for it to be voted on.

Key officials of Prime Minister Wickremesinghe’s party have called for the parliament to be dissolved but President Maithripala Sirisena had been delaying the move.

A later dissolution is expected to benefit the opposition Sri Lanka Freedom Party with the ruling administration given more time to lose its shine.

 

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