Sri Lanka parliament adjourned after no confidence vote

ECONOMYNEXT  – Sri Lanka’s Parliament has been adjourned till 10.00 am tomorrow by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya after amid a tense situation, after the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna moved a motion of no confidence, legislators said.

Sri Lanka’s speakers had accepted that a majority of members supported a motion of no confidence against Mahinda Rajapaksa’s administration, legislators who came out of the chamber told reporters.

UNP’s Sajith Premadasa told reporters that legislators with Mahinda Rajapaksa had attempted to distrupt proceedings, but democracy had prevailed.

Dinesh Gunewardene, a member of the so-called Joint Opposition said standing orders had been suspended for the vote.

But Premadasa said standing orders had been suspended with the approval of a majority of the house.

Piyasena Gamage, and A H M Fowzie had crossed over.

Wasantha Senanayake, who had accepted a ministerial post from President Sirisena said he will resign as the majority was not where he expected it to be.

 

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