Confidence motion passed in support of RW

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By Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana   

UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe won a confidence vote in Parliament yesterday with 117 members backing him and none voting against.   

This result was however slightly bitter-sweet as it came in the backdrop of the UPFA again deciding to boycott the sessions.   


The TNA as expected voted with the UNP while the JVP was conspicuous in their absence.  JVP Leader and Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake and his group left the chambers after explaining that placing confidence on Ranil Wickremesinghe as the PM was not relevant to them.   TNA MP Shiwashakthi Anandan, who recently stated that he would function as an independent member in the House, was absent during voting.   


The UNP later requested Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to immediately inform President Sirisena of the decision of the House. This request was made by UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera while seconding the motion of confidence moved by MP Sajith Premadasa. Mr. Samaraweera said that he hoped normalcy would be restored in the country before Christmas.   Mr. Premadasa said the right of the people to enjoy economic and political stability should be guaranteed through the constitution. “This is a shortcoming that I see in the current Constitution as it does not guarantee the right of the people to enjoy economic and political stability. We should see to it that it is amended to ensure that this right is given to the people,” he said.   


“One should also remember that a person is not born good or bad but what one ends up being depends on his or her deeds,” he added, quoting Dhamma Pada.   


He added that President Sirisena should listen to Parliament and do what the people expect of him as Mr. Wickremesinghe has now proved that he commands the confidence of the House.  

 

One should also remember that a person is not born good or bad but what one ends up being depends on his or her deeds

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