Sri Lanka President asks for majority to be shown with name count

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena had asked party leaders who supported a vote of no confidence against disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to show their majority with a name count, a statement said.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had already declared that Rajapaksa is no longer Prime Minister following a vote of no confidence two days ago and there was no Prime Minister in the country.

The motion also declared that gazettes appointing Rajapaksa as Prime Minister, and sacking Ranil Wickremesinghe was also null and void.

Legislators loyal to Rajapaksa blocked taking a name count and disrupted proceedings.

President had asked for the references to gazettes to be removed in any new motion, the statement said.

It is however not clear whether the President is asking for a motion already taken to be undone.

A legal analyst also question whether a motion of no-confidence can be moved against a person who has already been voted out of office and is no longer Prime Minister.

Earlier on Thursday, a motion of no-confidence was moved against a speech made by Rajapaksa in parliament.

At a rally in Colombo, United National Front leaders lambasted President Sirisena for triggering a political crisis. (Colombo/Nov15/2018)

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