A copy of a motion with 122 signatures of Parliamentarians who have expressed lack of confidence in Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his cabinet, has been sent to President Maithripala Sirisena.
The Speaker’s office said that the Speaker has requested the President to take the next step under the Constitution.
Parliament convened today in accordance to a gazette notice issued by President Maithripala Sirisena.
When proceedings began the Speaker made a statement and then Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran proposed that the standing orders of Parliament be suspended and the rest of the days proceedings to continue.
The Speaker then called for a vote to back Sumanthiran’s proposal and the proposal received majority support, the Speaker’s office said.
Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake then tabled the no-confidence motion against the Government and asked that the vote on it be taken today.
Following a division on the proposal, the Speaker ruled that the vote on the no-confidence motion against the Government be taken today.
The Speaker’s office said that a majority of the MPs voted in support of the no-confidence motion.