No-faith motion against Ranil given to Speaker

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The no-faith confidence motion is being handed over to the Secretary General of Parliament


By Kelum Bandara
The Opposition  handed over the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa at his residence on Thursday night, United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP Bandula Gunawardane said.

He said the no-confidence motion hLATE-CITY-DM-1-9ad been signed by 112 MPs and it sought the Prime Minister’s ouster. Mr. Gunawardane told Daily Mirror the opposition would push for the debate on the motion on an early date.  

The no-confidence motion includes several allegations against the Prime Minister.

Among the allegations included in the no-confidence motion are, economic mismanagement, the controversial sale of Treasury Bonds causing a huge loss of money to the country, the stoppage of development projects and the straining of diplomatic ties with countries friendly to Sri Lanka.

The Opposition had earlier said it would in future assert itself in full measure in parliament instead of allowing the minority government headed by the United National Party (UNP) to run the affairs in its own way.

According to parliamentary tradition, no-confidence motions have to be given priority. When such motions are handed over, the Speaker places them on the Order Book. Later, the party leaders decide on a date for the debate.

However, speculation is rife that parliament will be dissolved by President Maithripala Sirisena prior to the debate on the no-confidence motion.