Lankan Prime Minister’s Office releases official procedure in regard to No Confidence Motions By editor NewsinAsia

Lankan Prime Minister’s Office releases official procedure in regard to No Confidence Motions

Colombo, November 17 ( The Sri Lankan Prime Minister’s Office on Friday released the official procedure for presenting and proceeding with No Confidence Motions in parliament.
Government spokesmen have repeatedly pointed out that the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration cannot accept the two No Confidence Motions passed this week because they were adopted in violation of established parliamentary rules.
On both occasions, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had entertained and conducted the voting on the No confidence Motion moved on behalf of the opposition by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) in violation of the rules.

The opposition had promised the President that they would abide by the set procedure and the Standing Order of Parliament, but failed to keep the promise.
The opposition, however, contended that the violence unleashed by the ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Front (UPFA) led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa was the reason for the non-observance of the rules and the adoption of the motion by voice vote amidst chaos and din.
But it is argued that on behalf of the government that commotion and even violence in the House could not be an excuse for flouting set procedures. Parliament could have been adjourned and any issues (like the demand for the arrest of two opposition MPs who had brought knives into the chamber) could have been sorted out through discussions.
(The featured picture at the top shows Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa speaking in parliament)


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