Dissolution within days

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By Kelum Bandara
Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said yesterday the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was a futile exercise because President Maithripala Sirisena would dissolve Parliament within the next few days.

Commenting on the motion, the Minister told Dailymirror   the new government was formed after the presidential election to execute the 100-day programme and therefore, the United National Party (UNP), the main constituent in the ruling coalition was not in favour of the present parliament continuing in office.

He said in this context, the opposition’s no-confidence motion served no useful purpose.

“We are for the dissolution of parliament. Even the Speaker has endorsed our view on this matter,” Mr. Rajapakshe said. He said the opposition has been unable to secure the support of a majority of MPs to sign this motion. “They have obtained only 112 signatures and though the motion has been handed over it is up to the government to decide whether it should be taken up for debate,” he said.