Nov 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today announced that the no-confidence motion brought against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Government passed in Parliament and the purported government does not have a majority.
Following a vote taken by voice, it has been confirmed that the new government does not have majority in parliament.
Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna today handed over the no-confidence motion against the new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya this morning following the party leader's meeting.
The JVP handed over the confidence motion against Mahinda Rajapaksa and his government to the Speaker at Party leaders meeting, which concluded this morning just before the parliament was to reconvene.
The Prime Minister's seat was allocated for PM Mahinda Rajapaksa when the parliament convened at 10 am today.
It has been reported that UPFA Members AHM Fowzie, Piyasena Gamage and Manusha Nanayakkara have taken seats with the opposition.
According to the Opposition Leader R Sampanthan, 122 Members of Parliament have voted against Mahinda Rajapaksa's purported government saying they have No Confidence in it.
The parliament has voted that the three Gazettes 2094/43, 2094/43 A and 2094/44 issued by the President on 26th October are illegal and therefore the parliament has no confidence in the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, the cabinet and the resulted government.
Due to a tense situation arose following the passage of the no-confidence motion, the Speaker has adjourned the parliament until 10.00 am Wednesday.