Motion to suspend Standing Orders and hold debate on President rejected

A motion submitted by Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A Sumanthiran to suspend the Standing Orders for today and hold a debate on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, was rejected by Parliament today.

The Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) had seconded the motion put forward by Sumanthiran.

The motion was rejected with 68 voting for and 119 against it.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was among those who voted against the motion.

Sumanthiran had urged the Government not to block the motion.

The TNA MP said that the topic must be debated as it is what is being discussed in the country today.

“We can discuss it as representatives of the people and decide whether we agree or don’t agree with what is being said outside,” he said.

However, the Government objected to the move to suspend the Standing Orders today.

As the House was divided a vote was taken and the motion to suspend the Standing Orders was rejected. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Ranil Wickremesinghe has been faithful to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa who has offered the Prime Minister position to him. This is why President Gotabaya Rajapaksa offered the position to Ranil in the first place.

    The people of Sri Lanka vote and choose their leaders, so the leaders can look after themselves, their family members and friends. Brilliant mandate isn’t it? Great democracy, and Indians love it, so do the other corrupt South Asian politicians.

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