No confidence

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By Kelum Bandara


The UNP today handed over a no-confidence motion to Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa against External Affairs Minister G.L.Peiris for what the party termed as his failure in handling international affairs.

The motion was signed by UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya, MPs Ravi Karunanayake, Lakshman Kiriella, John Amaratunga and Wijeyadasa Rajapakse.

Mr. Karunanayake said this was solely an initiative by the UNP, and therefore the support from the other parties was not sought in bringing this motion.  He said that there are a whole lot of allegations against Minister Peiris.

“We can find faults with regard to his way of handling matters related to the incident where nails were pierced into the body of a Sri Lankan housemaid in Saudi Arabia,” he said.

A no-confidence motion is considered a tool for the opposition to challenge to the legitimacy of Cabinet Ministers. It is an essential feature of parliamentary traditions that the government should have the confidence of Parliament. Upon defeat at a no-confidence motion, the Cabinet of Ministers stand dissolved.

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  • Ravi C Sam Friday, 03 September 2010 10:50 AM

    Allow Prof.G.L. to do his business peacefully. He is now putting things right so give him time. Think and work for the betterment of this Nation.

    Do not look up and spit..............

    Bambuwa Friday, 03 September 2010 11:57 AM

    Ranil respectable .... my foot. If he is respectable he would resign from UNP leadership.

    Bakamoona Friday, 03 September 2010 01:04 PM

    Where is Dubai ????

    Rata Kana Saturday, 04 September 2010 01:19 AM

    UNP should be more careful challenging GLP. He now has a bunch of majors general working for him as ambassadors! He is their c-in-c!

    willows Friday, 03 September 2010 10:02 AM

    What a real joke, instead RW should resign and go home.

    Gayan Samarasekara Friday, 03 September 2010 10:04 AM

    If I remember right, the UNP used the same person for the same purpose when it was their turn.. GL's calibre is unquestionable.

    channa Saturday, 04 September 2010 02:40 AM

    Joke of the Week...Dont the UNP have better things to do....LIKE SAVE THE PARTY.

    Gayan Samarasekara Friday, 03 September 2010 10:23 AM

    Ranil is also respectable as same as GL. No doubt at all. His strategy is perfect and completely within the democratic framework. Just because government moves are turning out to be antidemocratic, UNP shouldn't try a parallel path. In fact, they have to democratically struggle keeping the democratic values in minds. RW and GL are both needed if we reckon gentleman politics.

    Dayaratne Saturday, 04 September 2010 03:52 AM

    "Calibre is unquestionable" but performance is abysmal.

    Lanke Banda Saturday, 04 September 2010 12:47 PM

    This is the Level of the Elephant Party now. The heard wants the Head Elephant out but the Head Elephant concentrates elsewhere to hide real issues faced by the Head Elephant amongst his own herd.

    M.ASHRAFF NAZIM Friday, 03 September 2010 10:42 AM

    NO CONFIDENCE MOTION IS NOT GOING TO SOLVE THE UNP INTERNAL PROBLEMS. UNP HAVE TO STRIVE VERY HARD IN ORDER TO SHOW THEIR COLOURS AGAIN.


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