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* Sri Lanka's main opposition asks for two days to debate no-confidence motion against government
Sat, Mar 8, 2014, 12:10 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) has requested for a two-day debate on the no confidence motion against the government.

The UNP handed over the no confidence motion to parliament on February 21st highlighting the government's incompetency in curbing drug trafficking and asking to reveal the state politicians supporting heroin and ethanol imports.

UNP MP Ravi Karunanayaka called on the Government to "stop their nonsense and fooling around."

"We are very concerned that the Government is just giving a convenient excuse and a scapegoat of Geneva. Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe and G.L. Peiris are adequate to handle the matters in Geneva. Why have the others gone there?" the MP asked.

The government has however rejected the UNP's call for a two-day debate on the no confidence motion.

According to Parliament Standing Orders a no-confidence motion has to be in the Order Book for five Clear Days before being taken for debate.

"The no-confidence motion filed on 21 February appeared in the Order Book published on 28 February. So, what is there to be afraid of if the Government has nothing to hide?" Karunanayaka questioned.

Acting Chief Opposition Whip, Ajith P. Perera has said that apart from the entire opposition, even a few honest government ministers had expressed support to the no confidence motion.

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