Motion to suspend funds to Prime Minister’s office passed

A motion submitted to Parliament to suspend funds to the Prime Minister’s office was passed today.

The motion was passed with 123 members voting for it and no one against it.

Government MPs were absent in Parliament at the time of the vote as they had boycotted sessions today.

The United National Front (UNF) presented the motion to Parliament.

The motion was presented by UNF Parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayake while UNF MP Navin Dissanayake seconded the motion.

An electronic vote was taken on the motion and it was passed.

The motion notes that the House on 16th November, 2018, accepted the official statement made by the Speaker on 15th November, 2018 that, in terms of paragraph 2 of the No Confidence Motion against the Government adopted on 14th November 2018, the Cabinet of Ministers stood dissolved in terms of Article 48 of the Constitution, and accordingly this House further resolved that, since 26th October, 2018, as contemplated in Article 48 of the Constitution, this House had no confidence in the Government including Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The motion also notes that Parliament has full control over Public Finance as mandated in Article 148 of the Constitution and accordingly Parliament resolves that from 15th November, 2018 the Secretary to the Prime Minister has no authority to approve any expenditure drawn from the funds of the Republic, and any person taking any action in violation of this Resolution will be dealt with according to law.  (Colombo Gazette)


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