President rejects motion, slams Speaker’s actions

President Maithripala Sirisena has rejected the motion of no-confidence on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

In a letter to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, the President said that the proper procedure was not followed when the no-confidence motion on the Prime Minister was submitted to Parliament today.

The President said that he had received a copy of the no-confidence motion signed by 122 Parliamentarians, which was sent to him by the Speaker together with a letter.

In a reply sent to the Speaker’s letter, the President said that the copy of the motion sent to him did not have the seal of the Parliament.

He also said that the Speaker had violated the Constitution through the process he followed to have a vote on the no-confidence motion.

The President said that in rejecting the letter sent by the Speaker he was following the Constitution.

Earlier, the Speaker, in his letter to the President, had proposed that action be taken in line with the Constitution after the no-confidence motion on the Prime Minister was passed. (Colombo Gazette)

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