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The United National Party (UNP) has decided to ask for an explanation from 15 of its MPs who were absent in Parliament last Friday when the Vote on Account was taken up, Daily Mirror learns.

The UNP managed to get the Vote on Account passed in Parliament with 102 votes to six.

The main opposition, the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), was absent at the time of voting. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) voted for it along with the UNP. However, 15 MPs belonging to the UNP as the governing party were absent during the vote.

A senior party official told Daily Mirror that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had instructed all the ruling party MPs to prioritize their parliamentary businesses over their other works.

“Some MPs do not take it seriously. We will ask them to explain as to why they were absent during a crucial vote,” he said.

In the event of a defeat of the annual budget or the Vote on Account, the Cabinet stands dissolved.

The government passed this Vote on Account outlining its expenditure for the first quarter of next year. The government is planning to present a fully-fledged budget in April.(Kelum Bandara)

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  • Appu Monday, 24 December 2018 08:32 AM

    You have given lots of facilities to the MPS. Because of that, they enjoy the benefits before the next election. If the MPs are working with out salary, they are the genuine people.

    Shiran Ismail Monday, 24 December 2018 09:02 AM

    This is UNP, when they are thrown out of power you will see them in the streets, media briefing crying high and low. Once in power you cannot find them anywhere because they are making deals in some hotel out of the country. We need leaders other than RW or MR and clan.

    Bullmustiff Monday, 24 December 2018 09:17 AM

    Very true.

    Lawry Monday, 24 December 2018 09:41 AM

    They should be punished. Sack if possible and go for an election. The only time I went to parliament as observer long ago it was only the guy talking who spoke eloquently to an empty house. The guy who spoke pack up and walked out immediately after that. TV shows only the man speaking.

    Raza Monday, 24 December 2018 10:35 AM

    That is the thing I also saw when I visited..

    Daham Monday, 24 December 2018 09:59 AM

    15 MPs have shown their displeasure in the appointment of the cabinet consisting of 2 older than 75 and none less than 40 years old.

    Observer Monday, 24 December 2018 10:42 AM

    So, give cabinet posts to all of them

    M.Z.M.Nazim Monday, 24 December 2018 12:05 PM

    To hell with the show cause. Kick the buggers out.

    C.K.LANKAPUTHRA Monday, 24 December 2018 12:27 PM

    For all those who fail to give acceptable reason, do not give nomination for the jokers

    Sathya Monday, 24 December 2018 12:40 PM

    It seems a big threat for RW government.


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