After last minute lobbying SLFP decides to abstain in vote

After last minute lobbying the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has decided to abstain from voting on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Parliament today, SLFP member A.H.M Fowzie said.

Last minute lobbying took place yesterday and today involving the United National Party and the SLFP.

President Maithripala Sirisena had a meeting with the SLFP Parliamentary Group today while Wickremesinghe had talks with the UNP.

The debate on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe took place in Parliament today.

The motion, submitted by the joint opposition, accused Wickramasinghe of serving the Central Bank of Sri Lanka from the Ministry of Finance contrary to the norm and brought it under himself with the motive of committing a fraud associated with Treasury Bonds.

The motion also noted that the Prime Minister made an attempt to exonerate the accused persons in the scam.

He was also accused of tarnishing the image of the country before the international community by failing to take immediate measures to provide protection to Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim people during the unrest that occurred in the Kandy District while holding the portfolio of Minister of Law and Order, resulting in loss of lives and damage to property.

Tight security was seen outside Parliament when the full day debate was taking place. (Colombo Gazette)