Sri Lanka parliament amends no confidence motion

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s parliament has amended a no-confidence motion against Mahinda Rajapaksa removing reference to gazettes issued by President Maithripala Sirisena.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya arrived in parliament under heavy police security, and took a voice vote as Rajapaksa loyalists ran off with the speaker’s chair they were sitting on.

He asked for a proposal on amending an original motion of no-confidence motion against Mahinda Rajapaska passed earlier in the week.

Opposition leader R Sampanthan said amendment changed the motion, and once against re-affirmed that parliament had no confidence in him.

Patali Ranawaka said the amendement also resolved that the cabient of ministers stood dissolved under the constitution.

Speaker Jayasuriya carried on the vote, surrounded by a police cordon using a wireless mike.

United National party legislator Gamini Jayawickreme Perera said he was hit with chillie water in the altercation.

JVP Legislator Vijitha Herath said he was hit with a copy of the constitution leaving him with a split lip.

Rajapaksa loyalist Bandula Gunewardene said the public gallery was packed with unruly persons who hooted and had throw objects and chillie water. (Colombo/Nov16/2018)