Nov 14, Colombo: Speaker Karu Jayasuriya will inform the President on the decision taken by the parliament on the no-confidence motion presented against the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the government, the Speaker's Media Office said.
Sri Lanka Parliament met at 10.00 am today (2018.11.14) in accordance with the extraordinary gazette notification no. 2095/50 dated 04.11.2018 issued by the President.
Following the general announcements by the Speaker, TNA Member of Parliament MA Sumanthiran has proposed to halt the Standing Orders in order to proceed with other matters. A vote was taken and a majority had agreed halting Standing Orders.
Subsequently, JVP leader MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake and Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath submitted a motion of no-confidence against the government. They have suggested that the opinion of the House should be discussed today.
At that time, the opposition has asked for a split and the Speaker has ordered the voting on the no-confidence motion. A majority has voted in support of the no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister and the UPFA government
Accordingly, the Speaker has announced that the no confidence motion was passed by the majority.
Following the announcement, MP Lakshman Kiriella has proposed to adjourn parliament until 10 am tomorrow (15) and the assembly has agreed to adjourn.
Accordingly, the Speaker will send the President Maithripala Sirisena a copy of the no-confidence motion and its decision along with the copy of the document with signatures of 122 parliamentarians declaring that the appointment of the Prime Minister and the cabinet by the President was against the Constitution, for the President to take further actions constitutionally.
Copy of the no-confidence motion: