May 20, Colombo: An ally of Sri Lanka's ruling party, the National Freedom Front (NFF) has decided to abstain from voting on the no-confidence motion against the government submitted by the main opposition United National Party (UNP).
The Media Spokesman of the party and former MP Mohammad Muzammil said that the parliamentarians of the party lead by Minister Wimal Weerawansa will not participate in the no confidence motion debate as well.
The no-confidence motion brought against the Government by the UNP is scheduled to be taken up for debate today and tomorrow.
The UNP handed over the no confidence motion to parliament signed by 26 MPs on February 21st highlighting the government's incompetency in curbing drug trafficking and asking to reveal the state politicians supporting heroin and ethanol imports.
The opposition party has continuously spoken about the increase in the drug menace faced by the country and has urged the government to take action against the culprits including members of the government who are allegedly involved in the drug trade.
The NFF along with another coalition party, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), have been on the fence on their support to the government on the no-confidence motion.
Media spokesman of the JHU Nishaantha Sri Varnasinghe told media that his party met yesterday to discuss its voting but was not able to reach consensus on a decision.
The JHU is expected to meet again today to take a decision on the no-confidence motion.
The other minor opposition parties, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and Tamil National Alliance have not yet declared their stances on the motion.