MR still Prime Minister: Govt.

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The government said that newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa would continue in the post because yesterday’s No-Confidence Motion (NCM) had been brought unconstitutionally.

Addressing a news briefing last night, Minister Susil Premajayantha said Speaker Karu Jayasuriya acted in a biased manner and that the motion had not even been included in the Hansard. “The so-called no-confidence motion was taken up for a debate after calling for the suspension of the standing orders. Everything was done so fast. First, an MP handed over a motion to the Parliament General Secretary and the Speaker did not even look at that motion. He already had a pre-planned speech as well as a motion. All this time, the Mace was also not in its place, which is a sign the parliamentary sessions had been suspended,” he said.

He said conducting a vote by voice cannot be accepted and therefore, reiterated that no proper No-Confidence Motion had been presented or passed in parliament yesterday.

The Minister reiterated that even if a No-Confidence Motion was passed, the speaker has no authority to appoint a new Prime Minister. “Only the President can appoint a new Prime Minister,” he said.

He said Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa would make a statement in parliament today, one that he was scheduled to make yesterday but couldn’t. "Prime Minister Rajapaksa was not given the opportunity to speak in parliament yesterday. Therefore, he will make his statement today," he said.

Meanwhile, MP Dilan Perera said that they were still ready to show their majority in Parliament if an NCM was again brought against the Prime Minister. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • 666 Thursday, 15 November 2018 07:56 AM

    ....like a crab in a boiling pot.

    Saradiel Thursday, 15 November 2018 07:56 AM

    People are sick of you greedy lot. Please give in to the majority for God's sake and country's sake before things get really out of control.

    bill Thursday, 15 November 2018 07:58 AM

    Do you have any shame at all??? You are showing off your nakedness to the nation.

    Lion Thursday, 15 November 2018 07:58 AM

    Susuil don’t talk because you have to talk, think before talking.

    Lanka Thursday, 15 November 2018 07:58 AM

    This is a very serious situation created by two power hungry people, MR and MS. Both are cancer to the country. True patriotic minority must rise and end this mayhem, now or never.

    ali Thursday, 15 November 2018 08:01 AM

    “Only the President can appoint a new Prime Minister,” “Only the President can appoint a new Prime Minister,” says the parrot. Tell your president to appoint one who has the majority in the parliament!

    Saman Thursday, 15 November 2018 10:15 AM

    Unfortunately this was what happened in 2015 Jan when then opposition had the majority.

    kumar Thursday, 15 November 2018 11:37 AM

    The Presidents rmoval of RW is unconstitutional

    shiran Thursday, 15 November 2018 08:10 AM

    Dear all MPs, the general public in Sri Lanka is very much greater than any of you. you all break law of the country as we see. general public is patient and awaiting the election to tell what we accept and what we reject.

    Jaliya Thursday, 15 November 2018 08:11 AM

    UNP is trying to put the horse before the wagon. Why is it necessary to take immediate actions that doesn’t follow the proper protocols ? Just because the others who did not adhere to procedures doesn’t mean that you can also be erroneous in your actions. This is not a national emergency, nor is it a situation that can effect negatively in terms of economic stability. Can speaker act as a neutral person without being prejudice? There is a SC inquiry to the applications of FR yet to be addressed on December 07 the parliamentarians are taking a court evaluation as the final judgment and celebrating if that was a victory ….. how embarrassing is that to your party ?

    prashan92 Thursday, 15 November 2018 09:16 AM

    what is embarrassing is staying by force in a house where you are not wanted. MR commands no confidence among people's representatives, embarrassing to stay by force in a house that doesn't have confidence in you.

    Mohamed Niyas Thursday, 15 November 2018 09:04 AM

    Yes. People look forward to pumping in dirty petrol once again. .

    Busted Thursday, 15 November 2018 09:13 AM

    Did the president follow any protocol or abide by the constitution and rule of law? He set the precedents by electing a PM and dissolving the parliament. President has to own up to this mess. Is this the way you handle the power people bestowed upon you for good governance?

    naomal Thursday, 15 November 2018 09:22 AM

    Lets go to the streets today

    Unchikun Thursday, 15 November 2018 09:30 AM

    Thanks for letting me know. I too am the Prime Minister and need to visit a doctor. Nice.

    ET Thursday, 15 November 2018 09:38 AM

    SLFP SLPP digging its own grave, slowly but certainly. Minorities, and people on the fence will not vote for your alliance now.

    Jude Thursday, 15 November 2018 09:40 AM

    No argument there!!! But PARLIAMENT to function does MR have the Majority!!!??? Otherwise, you guys are making a mockery out the Constitution and Parliament!!!??

    ANTON Thursday, 15 November 2018 10:19 AM

    OK ....... NOW WHAT IS HIS NUMBER........ NO. 02 ?

    Neil Thursday, 15 November 2018 01:41 PM

    Did you say everything happened in a hurry?May be like how CJ was thrown by you all

    Palugaswewa Thursday, 15 November 2018 10:20 PM

    Having read 4 to 5 fundamental books about law, this man is one of the leading ones to give MR D-ropes. There must be an ulterior motive behind this.


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