No-confidence motion

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It is illegal

  • such a motion had to be against the Government and the President
  • According to the Constitution, the President is a member of the Cabinet

 

Untitled-7By Yohan Perera   

The no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister is illegal because such a motion cannot be brought against him under Section 30 of the Constitution, UNP MP Ashu Marasinghe told a media conference.  

 

Dr. Marasinghe said that what Mr. Bandara had not mentioned was that UNPers would consider voting for the motion if the party was not reorganized before April 4. 

 

He said such a motion had to be against the Government and the President as stated by Section 43 of the Constitution.    “Government as defined in this Section comprises the President, the Prime Minister and the Cabinet. According to the Constitution, the President is considered a member of the Cabinet,” Dr. Marasinghe said and added that the UNP however, would defeat this motion.   


He said this motion was a part of a larger conspiracy by the joint opposition with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya being targetted next followed by an impeachment motion against President Maithripala Sirisena.   


Referring to a statement made by State Minister Palitha Range Bandara that more than 20 UNP MPs would vote in favour of the motion, Dr. Marasinghe said that what Mr. Bandara had not mentioned was that UNPers would consider voting for the motion if the party was not reorganized before April 4.   


He said the party’s reorganization would go parallel with the party’s plans to defeat the no-confidence motion. “UNP will be reorganized before the National New Year,” the MP said and added that it was the UNP which wanted the no-confidence motion debated on April 4 while those in the JO wanted it taken up before the National New Year.    UNP MP Wijepala Hettiarachchi said those who brought the no-confidence motion are the ones who are charged with financial crimes and pointed out that the cases of corruption would be expedited through the Judicature Bill.   


The two MPs said if anyone in the government voted in favor of the motion they would have to sit in the opposition.    

 


No reason to oppose no faith motion against PM

 

Untitled-7By Sandun A. Jayasekera

The SLFP members in the yahapalana government could not oppose the no-confidence motion  against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe because the allegations were those raised by the SLFP during the past three years, Minister S.B. Dissanayake said.  

 

 

tthe JO can collect 58 votes easier than the UNP to collect eight votes

 

While declining to say whether SLFP ministers, deputy ministers, State ministers and MPs supported the motion the minister said the joint opposition and the SLFP were hopeful that it would be passed in Parliament on April 4.   


He told a news briefing that the SLFP did not want to topple the government but replace the Prime Minister.    “We are ready to form a government without Mr Wickremesinghe and we have President Maithripala Sirisena’s blessings for this move,” the minister said. 

 

 


 
Journalist: Don’t you think the SLFP and the President also must get the blame for the Central Bank bond scam as the government failed to take any action until 2017 on the fraud?   
 
SB: I fully agree. But don’t forget that we raised this issue in the Cabinet, in Parliament and in the media and we educated the public. It was because of our efforts that the COPE initiated an inquiry on the bond scandal and exposed its perpetrators. It was Minister Mahinda Amaraweera who made the first complaint at the Bribery Commission in 2016 on the scam. The national economy also had a negative impact as a result. Therefore, we have a moral right to not to oppose the NCM.   
 
Jouranalist: But this may end up in toppling the government?   
 
SB: But we can form a new government with the UNP and other right thinking politicians under a new cabinet and new Prime Minister.   
 
Daily mirror : Do you think the SLFP ministers have a moral right to sit in a UNP led coalition government and in a cabinet with a UNP Prime Minister after you all brought a NCM against the PM.?   
 
SB: I don’t think so. Our fight is not to topple the government but to replace the Premiership with another suitable person. Besides, this is not against the government or the President.   
 
DM: There is a technical drawback to win the motion because the UNP has 105 members in Parliament without the Speaker. The UNP will have to collect only another eight votes to defeat it. But the JO has an uphill task to obtain 58 more votes to win. Is this possible?   
 
SB: I think the JO can collect 58 votes easier than the UNP to collect eight votes. Our objective is to form a really true yahapalana government with a wider consensus by all political parties. We will speak to all political parties in Parliament to obtain their support.   
 
 
DM: Will the JO members under former president Mahinda Rajapaksa accept cabinet portfolios in the proposed new cabinet?   
 
SB: It depends. However, that can be considered after the motion is won.   
 
Journalist: What will happen if Mr. Wickremesinghe does not give up the premiership even after the defeat?   
 
SB: It is up to the President to take action according to the Constitution. 
 
We tried hard to take the yahapalana government on the right track, but failed because of Prime Minister. That is why we cannot go against the charges mentioned in the no-faith motion. 
 

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