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* Sri Lanka main Tamil party to support no-confidence motion against new PM Mahinda Rajapaksa
Sat, Nov 3, 2018, 07:18 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, Tamil national Alliance (TNA) has decided to support the no-confidence motion brought by the United National party against new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

In a statement issued today, the TNA said the President does not possess the authority to remove a Prime Minister who is in office and removal of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and replacing him with Mahinda Rajapaksa is unconstitutional and illegal.

The TNA also considers the prorogation of the parliament by the President Maithripala Sirisena is undemocratic and in violation of Parliamentary Supremacy.

The party said remaining "neutral" in this situation would pave the way for achieving an undemocratic end by force

The Party also condemned its Batticaloa district parliamentarian S. Viyalendran, who crossed over to the Rajapaksa ked government accepting a deputy minister post.

"We strongly oppose and condemn Tamil National Alliance Member of Parliament being a part of this conspiracy," TNA said.

Full statement issued by the TNA:

The Party Leaders' meeting of the constituent parties of the Tamil National Alliance took place at 5 p.m. on 2nd November 2018 and arrived at the following decisions concerning the actions taken by President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday, the 26th of October after the Parliamentary sessions concluded for that day:

1. According to the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, the President does not possess the authority to remove a Prime Minister who is in office. Such authority that vested in the President previously was specifically repealed by the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. In these circumstances the Gazette notification declaring that the Prime Minister had been removed and another Prime Minister appointed are unconstitutional and illegal.

2. Thee Tamil National Alliance also considers the President's decision to prorogue Parliament made following the above actions as undemocratic and in violation of Parliamentary Supremacy. After having declared as Prime Minister a Member who does not command the confidence of Parliament, this had been done in order to create delay and prevent such Member from having to prove a majority in Parliament. The Tamil National Alliance strongly condemns and opposes the undemocratic efforts to use such delay to bribe Members of Parliament with both money and Ministerial posts to induce them to cross over in order to fraudulently obtain a majority in Parliament. We strongly oppose and condemn Tamil National Alliance Member of Parliament S. Viyalendran being a part of this conspiracy. Necessary action will be taken against him immediately.

3. For the above reasons, the Tamil National Alliance will vote in support of the No Confidence Motion to be brought against the Government headed by Mahinda Rajapaksa, who has been unconstitutionally and illegally appointed as Prime Minister. Remaining "neutral" in such a situation, would pave the way for achieving an undemocratic end by force.


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