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Wednesday, 04 April 2018 - 9:35
Update : Debate on ‘no-confidence motion’ begins
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The debate on ‘no-confidence motion’ against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe began a short while ago.

The Parliamentary Group leader of the Joint Opposition, Dinesh Gunawardene started the debate.

He accused the PM of Central Bank’s bond scam.


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Parliament proceedings commence

The parliament session, which will see the 'no-confidence motion' against the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe being debated.

The debate on the 'no-confidence motion' has resumed a short while.

The no-confidence motion was handed speaker Karu Jayasuriya, on 21st of March, with signatures of 55 MPs.

51 joint opposition and SLFP members including State Minister T. B. Ekanayake, Deputy Ministers Nishantha Mutuhettigama, Susantha Punchinilame and MP Kader Mastan signed the motion.

The 'no-confidence motion' consists of 14 charges against the PM.

The charges include...

Placement of the Central Bank under his purview with the intention of executing the bond scam

Appointing Arjuna Mahendran, who is a not a Sri Lankan citizen, as the Central Bank Governor

Being visibly connected to the bond scam

Attempting to protect the perpetrators

Excluding the Speaker, the composition of the current Parliament consists of 106 UNF MPs.

It has 7 MPs from Muslim Congress, 5 MPs from the All Ceylon Makkal Congress, 6 MPs from the Tamil Progressive Alliance established by Ministers Mano Ganeshan, Palani Digambaran and State Minister V. Radhakrishnan and 2 MPs from the Jathika Hela Urumaya.

95 MPs came into the Parliament through the UPFA ticket, out of which 54 represent the Joint Opposition.

16 seats for the Tamil National Alliance, 6 MPs of the JVP and 1 MP from the EPDP represent the parliament.
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