Former President and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa has expressed hope that President Maithripala Sirisena will support the no-confidence motion backed by the Joint Opposition against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Indian Express reported on Sunday.
The motion scheduled for April 4 was handed over to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya by the Joint Opposition last week.
“It is now up to the President to ensure the victory of the motion by getting his SLFP members to support it,” Mr. Rajapaksa told reporters.
Mr. Rajapaksa said if Mr. Wickremesinghe were to be defeated in the motion on April 4, the Joint Opposition would press President Sirisena to dissolve Parliament to hold a fresh election.
Constitutionally, the current Parliament could not be dissolved before February 2020.
It requires a motion adopted with the two thirds majority in Parliament to call for snap elections.
Unchikun Monday, 02 April 2018 11:50 AM
For a start sign the NCM. I am sure the President will back the NCM but not you. We know the asphalt project.
marwin Monday, 02 April 2018 12:20 PM
Unreliable weakest president Sri Lanka ever had. Don't get caught to MR's trap. The final eye is on you and the guilettine will fall at any t.me.
johan Monday, 02 April 2018 12:37 PM
JO Mps are worst than the present government and looking like foxes, waiting till the deer caught in the net is died. Let Ranil and Maithri come to an amicable settlement and correct the shortcomings and go forward and fulfill the promises made to the people. JO and SLPP just try their efforts to paralyze the government which is the fault of PM for not taking straight forward action against the politicians of previous regime
city Monday, 02 April 2018 01:15 PM
It's MS fault for taking the lost ones on national list and srilal as adviser
mnsmart Monday, 02 April 2018 12:50 PM
maga hitiyoth tho nasee, gedara giyoth ambuwa nasee
amal Monday, 02 April 2018 01:17 PM
even in the very unlikely event of the NCM being successful, how are you going to dissolve parliament and call for general election when the constitution does not provide for it to be called before 2020.As usual MR does not have any regard for the constitution.
shanthi Monday, 02 April 2018 01:18 PM
if the NCM is successful another PM will be appointed by the President and general elections will not be called as you please
Yeti Monday, 02 April 2018 04:46 PM
Diva boru kiwath kata boru kiyanne nehe!!!
Upul Monday, 02 April 2018 05:22 PM
Why giving advice to others without even signing the NCM. You do what you think is right and he will do what is right for him.
mugunthan Monday, 02 April 2018 05:30 PM
What an idiot this MR.R is, he has got any clue what he is hoping to do, only worried about his family's welfare.
Hope Monday, 02 April 2018 05:57 PM
You hope for the best or MR's Post.
Astrologer Monday, 02 April 2018 06:19 PM
Looks like the astrologers have advised MR this way. We know what happened to you in the past. TRy your luck !
Satha Monday, 02 April 2018 06:25 PM
He cannot do shit on his own plate
TONY Monday, 02 April 2018 09:06 PM
WHY SHOULD HE? JO DOES NOT SUPPORT ANY OF PRESIDENTS PROGRAMMES. MR YOU ARE ONLY INTERESTED TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS. MS IS NOT A FOOL NOT TO UNDERSTAND YOUR AGENDA
ghaffa Monday, 02 April 2018 09:16 PM
no chance, he is not a man like you, he is gentlemen.
kondaya77 Monday, 02 April 2018 10:10 PM
Gota! get ready to be president.
CITIZEN Tuesday, 03 April 2018 10:36 AM
Are you expecting him to conveniently forget his 'FEAR OF 6FT UNDER'???
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