Sirisena Wants First Clause Removed From NCM: Requests Party Leaders To Go For A ‘Vote By Name’

President Maithripala Sirisena, at the meeting with political party leaders, has informed them to take another vote on the No Confidence Motion against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, without its first clause.

The first clause says the gazette notifications issued by President Maithripala Sirisena appointing former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister and proroguing Parliament be declared null and void.

Sirisena has also informed that he is in a position to accept the verdict of the legislature if the vote is conducted by name, according to Parliamentary traditions and procedures.

In return, he has promised that he will not obstruct the functioning of the legislature again by proroguing Parliament. “He said he would not prorogue Parliament again and will support the ‘majority’ group in the house to obtain ‘government’,” Tamil People’s Alliance (TPA) Leader Mano Ganesan said, after the meeting.

 The President, at the meeting, had promised that he would resolve the political crisis in the country within the next “two-three days.”

“From what I see, the political crisis in Sri Lanka is still far from resolution,” an informed source familiar with the matter told Colombo Telegraph. “The President has requested the vote to be taken by name but has failed to give any assurance that his MPs will act with restraint. Also, this discussion sounds like a negotiation with a mafia leader. In exchange for the removal of the first clause, he has given an assurance not to disrupt the Parliamentary proceedings. Accepting the functioning of the legislature is the duty of a President. If he doesn’t perform this duty, he should be impeached,” he explained.

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