No-confidence motion reflects vibrant democracy in SL: EU

2018-04-05 18:11:46

The vote on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe reflects the vibrant democracy in Sri Lanka and the government should seize the opportunity to further strengthen the team that wants to undertake reforms, a delegation of the European Parliament Committee on International Trade (INTA) said today.

The six-member delegation of the INTA arrived in Sri Lanka on Wednesday to follow up on Sri Lanka's commitments made in exchange for access to the EU market through the GSP+ scheme.

Addressing a news briefing held today at the EU Embassy in Colombo, INTA Standing Rapporteur for South Asia Sajjad Karim said the no-confidence motion was a democratic exercise and an internal matter for Sri Lanka.

“I’m not going to comment on the dynamic of that but certainly I do feel that Sri Lanka and the government in an opportunity to strengthen the team further, the team that genuinely wants to undertake the type of thing I described right at the outset, as to the types people of Sri Lanka wants to see which includes lifting the standards of the people and making the country strong. So I hope this opportunity would be seized upon,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Chair of the delegation Jan Zahradil also reiterated that the no-confidence motion was a good exercise of democracy.

“The opposition has the full right to bring in such motions and the government has the full right to defend it,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

Pic by Pradeep Pathirana

  Comments - 8

  • Ryan Thursday, 5 April 2018 18:25

    The source of funds talking

    Reply : 8       21

    Thivanka Thursday, 5 April 2018 18:57

    Cat has come out of box

    Reply : 9       27

    ANTON Thursday, 5 April 2018 19:47


    Reply : 15       12

    Lord Wolfstein Friday, 6 April 2018 10:51

    Is it your wish that Sri Lanka becomes Pariah like North Korea?

    Reply : 6       1

    Saman Thursday, 5 April 2018 20:10

    We have the best democracy in the . We have a no-confidence motions against the big guys. After that we have a no-confidence motions against people who voted again the big guy. Then if needed there will be a another no-confidence motion against the people who did not vote for the second one.

    Reply : 2       14

    Sincere Thursday, 5 April 2018 20:19

    He has omitted the rest "with vibrant undercutting too"

    Reply : 2       8

    Sumidu Thursday, 5 April 2018 20:28

    If Ranil had lost would they have told the same?

    Reply : 4       19

    Chami Thursday, 5 April 2018 20:31

    Now these people will tell us to write a new constitution.

    Reply : 5       14

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