Sunday 22 September 2019

Sri Lanka’s parliament to hold confidence vote on incoming prime minister

The assembly will be reconvened on November 14 in a bid to resolve a political crisis.

Sri Lankan civil rights activists hold placards (Lahiru Harshana/AP)
Sri Lankan civil rights activists hold placards (Lahiru Harshana/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Sri Lanka’s president has ordered Parliament to reconvene on November 14, when politicians will get the chance to hold a confidence vote on the nation’s former strongman who has been named prime minister.

The announcement made in a decree Sunday comes amid a political crisis in the South Asian island nation.

President Maithripala Sirisena dismissed prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his Cabinet and replaced him with former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa last month.

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Ousted Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (Eranga Jayawardena/AP)

He also suspended Parliament in an apparent attempt to give Mr Rajapaksa time to muster support to survive any no-confidence vote.

Political opponents, rights groups and foreign governments including United States have urged Mr Sirisena to summon Parliament immediately and end the crisis.

Mr Wickremesinghe had also demanded the convening of Parliament, saying he still controls a majority of politicians.

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