Nov 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's political crisis termed as a 'bloodless coup' is to continue with no sign of ending as the President, who precipitated the crisis by sacking the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last month, refused to accept another vote opposing Mahinda Rajapaksa, his choice for the prime minister post and his government.
President Maithripala Sirisena has reportedly rejected the results of today's No-Confidence vote in Parliament against Rajapaksa and his cabinet. This is the second no-confidence motion passed by the parliament in two days.
The President has reportedly said that proper procedure was not followed for today's vote against the NCM although the vote was taken by name as per his request.
The Speaker said the vote was taken in accordance with the request President Sirisena made yesterday when party leaders and the Speaker met him at his office.
However, the President has reportedly turned back on his word that he will accept the vote if conducted by name. In the first instance when the NCM was passed on the 14th, the vote was taken by voice.
The President has also stressed that he would not appoint Ranil Wickremesinghe as the prime minister even though he had submitted sworn affidavits signed by more than 113 members. He has asked the government party to show majority.
BBC Sinhala Service correspondent Azzam Ameen quoted SLPP MP Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena as saying that the President will not accept today’s vote.
"President told us he will not appoint Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister again, he told us he will not accept today’s NCM as proper procedure was not followed, he also told us to show our majority in the next few days," Abeywardena has said after meeting with the President at Presidential Secretariat.