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Sri Lanka political crisis: Big boost for Wickremesinghe, Parliament votes against Rajapaksa govt

The parliament was convened today after the SC's interim order and floor test conducted to determine whether the President appointed Prime Minister Rajapakse has a majority in the 225-member parliament.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: January 18, 2021 4:09:01 pm
"A security guard is silhouetted against defunct machinery at the Union Carbide pesticide plant where 40 tons of lethal methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas leaked in Bhopal, India, on Dec. 3, 1984. An Indian court on Monday, June 7, 2010 convicted seven former senior employees of Union Carbide's Indian subsidiary of ""death by negligence"" for their roles in the Bhopal gas tragedy that left an estimated 15,000 people dead more than a quarter century ago." *** Local Caption *** "A security guard is silhouetted against defunct machinery at the Union Carbide pesticide plant where 40 tons of lethal methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas leaked in Bhopal, India, on Dec. 3, 1984. An Indian court on Monday, June 7, 2010 convicted seven former senior employees of Union Carbide's Indian subsidiary of ""death by negligence"" for their roles in the Bhopal gas tragedy that left an estimated 15,000 people dead more than a quarter century ago. AP Photo"
Sri Lanka’s sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe holds a copy of the constitution of Sri Lanka as he attends a media briefing at his official residence in Colombo.

The Sri Lankan parliament on Wednesday voted against the Mahinda Rajapaksa government, giving a major boost to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was sacked by President Maithripala Sirisena on October 26. Sirisena had appointed former strongman Rajapaksa as the new premier.

The parliament has approved a no-trust vote against Prime Minister Rajapaksa, speaker of parliament Karu Jayasuriya announced in the House. “According to the voice, I recognise that the government has no majority,” Jayasuriya announced as Rajapaksa backers protested, reported AFP.

The parliament was convened today after an interim order by the country’s Supreme Court which overturned  Sirisena’s controversial decision to dissolve the parliament and halt the preparations of snap polls in January next year. A floor test was conducted to determine whether the President appointed Prime Minister Rajapaksa has a majority in the 225-member parliament.

Sirisena dissolved Parliament after it became clear that he lacked support from lawmakers to install Rajapaksa as the new prime minister following the sacking of Wickremesinghe as premier. While sacking Wickremesinghe, president Sirisena had also suspended Parliament till November 16.

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