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Sri Lankan Parliament passes no-trust vote against Rajapaksa

By The Assam Tribune

COLOMBO, Nov 14: Sri Lanka's Parliament on Wednesday passed a motion of no-confidence against new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his controversially appointed government, a day after the Supreme Court stayed a presidential decree dissolving the legislature.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced that a majority of the 225-member Assembly supported the motion against former President Rajapaksa who was made Prime Minister in October replacing Ranil Wickremesinghe, Colombo Telegraph reported.

The no-confidence motion on Rajapaksa and his government was presented by Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) legislator Anura Kumara Dissanayaka and seconded by JVP legislator Vijitha Herath.

Wickremesinghe's United National Party (UNP), the JVP, the main opposition Tamil National Alliance, the Tamil Progressive Alliance, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and the All Ceylon Makkal Congress voted in favour of the no-trust motion.

Legislators from Rajapaksa's party broke out in protest when the motion was moved, prompting him to leave the floor of the House. Amid the chaos, the Parliament was adjourned till Thursday. - IANS

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Sri Lankan Parliament passes no-trust vote against Rajapaksa

COLOMBO, Nov 14: Sri Lanka's Parliament on Wednesday passed a motion of no-confidence against new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his controversially appointed government, a day after the Supreme Court stayed a presidential decree dissolving the legislature.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced that a majority of the 225-member Assembly supported the motion against former President Rajapaksa who was made Prime Minister in October replacing Ranil Wickremesinghe, Colombo Telegraph reported.

The no-confidence motion on Rajapaksa and his government was presented by Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) legislator Anura Kumara Dissanayaka and seconded by JVP legislator Vijitha Herath.

Wickremesinghe's United National Party (UNP), the JVP, the main opposition Tamil National Alliance, the Tamil Progressive Alliance, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and the All Ceylon Makkal Congress voted in favour of the no-trust motion.

Legislators from Rajapaksa's party broke out in protest when the motion was moved, prompting him to leave the floor of the House. Amid the chaos, the Parliament was adjourned till Thursday. - IANS

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