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As expected, the Government today defeated the no-confidence motion by a majority of 94 votes despite the absence of two of its alliance partners – the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) and the National Freedom Front (NFF).

The motion moved by the main opposition United National Party (UNP) was taken up for voting last evening after a two-day debate in Parliament.  The UNP based its no-confidence motion on allegations that an international drug cartel was operating across Sri Lanka and the Government had failed to contain it.

The UNP, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) which has three members from the JVP made up the 57 parliamentarians who voted in favour of the no-confidence motion while 151 government members voted against it. Government members jeered at the opposition no sooner the results were announced.

Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka and Ven. Aturaliye Ratana Thera of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) and Minister Wimal Weerawansa and Deputy Minister Weerakumara Dissanayake of the National Freedom Front (NFF) were not present at voting time and this was a cause for elation among opposition members.

UNP Leadership Council Chairman Karu Jayasuriya and parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera were also absent. (Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera)
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  • kankan Thursday, 22 May 2014 04:43 AM

    ....AND THE WINNER IS...............HEROINE

    Chief Wednesday, 21 May 2014 12:34 PM

    Its the day dream of UNP to defeat the UPFA by bringing in a NO CONFIDENCE motion. Because, the members of ruling party even if they do favor the motion will never ever want to loose a single benefit by voting in favor of UNP. This is the situation of Sri Lankan Politics.

    old Citizen Thursday, 22 May 2014 06:20 AM

    This clearly shows the mentality of the so called patriots.

    ravi Wednesday, 21 May 2014 12:43 PM

    hu UNP hu

    Roshan Thursday, 22 May 2014 03:38 AM

    UNP knows that the motion will be defeated, but their aim is to make JHU and NFF uncomfortable with the Government.

    Tony Thursday, 22 May 2014 06:31 AM

    karu / mangala not being there wouldn't make difference....karu is anyway still 50 /50 ney...may be they couldn't decide what to do like Wimal & JHU......

    Azee Wednesday, 21 May 2014 06:18 PM

    _whatever their conscience say you cant expect Govt members to vote for or not to abstain from voting.Doing so will result in losing their positions perks previleges etc via DM Android App

    ds Thursday, 22 May 2014 06:32 AM

    151 Drug Lords.

    MP Wednesday, 21 May 2014 06:28 PM

    Foregone conclusion. However good to see two constituent partners of the UPFA showing their dissension. It is also noteworthy to mention that Modi will definitely not induce opposition members to support his party through ministerial posts and other inducements to gain 23 majority to change the constitution and to stream roll unpopular legislations. This is the beauty of democracy in India. via DM iPad app

    sss Wednesday, 21 May 2014 01:14 PM

    Did the opposition reveal the MPs involved in drugs? Just joking. Everyone is in the same boat. No one will betray another


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