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Sri Lankan Parliament Defeats No Confidence Motion Tabled By Opposition Against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Gotabaya Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka's parliament has failed a no-confidence motion...

Gotabaya Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka’s parliament has failed a no-confidence motion against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The opposition had moved a no-confidence motion against the President in Parliament, which was rejected by the Parliament today. 119 MPs voted in favor of President Gotabaya while only 68 MPs voted in favor of the no-confidence motion and thus the no-confidence motion moved against him was defeated.

According to a report in the local newspaper ‘Economy Next’, a proposal to suspend the Parliament’s standing orders was introduced by opposition Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M A Sumanthiran to debate the draft expressing displeasure with President Rajapaksa.

The Parliament of Sri Lanka was to debate the no-confidence motion against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on May 17, which was confirmed by the Speaker’s Office on Thursday. This decision was taken in the meeting of party leaders on Thursday. According to media reports, this proposal was brought up for debate after getting special approval from the Parliament.

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abhaywardene had said after the meeting of party leaders in the Parliament complex regarding the no-confidence motion against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa that the resolution would be handed over to the President after the leaders prepared the motion. He said that a proposal for the formation of a stable government and security of the members of Parliament would also be submitted to President Rajapaksa.

Sri Lanka’s main opposition party, the SJB, had announced that it would bring a no-confidence motion against the government of President Rajapaksa. During this, the party also said that it is ready to impeach the leader.

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