Sri Lanka parliament votes to back Wickremesinghe
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka parliament has supported ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with with 117 legislators out of 225 voting in favour of a resolution to express confidence in him after President Maithripala Sirisena plunged the country into a crisis by appointing Mahinda Rajapaksa in his place.
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna which has 6 members were absent, after voting against Wickremesinghe in a vote of no confidence earlier in the year.
The JVP had voted against Rajapaksa.
President Sirisena had refused to reappoint Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister despite repeated no confidence motions against Rajapaksa.
Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court has barred Rajapaksa from acting in office.