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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 - 14:59
Today’s session of the new parliament adjourned until tomorrow, after just half an hour, - Speaker states that the no-confidence motion against the PM has been passed; Government refutes the decision
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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has stated that the no-confidence motion moved by the JVP against Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa and his government was passed with a majority in parliament.

He said that according to the voices, it seemed the no-confidence motion was passed.

The new session of parliament commenced at 10 this morning but its live telecast was interrupted.

Prime Minister Rajapaksa was seated in the Prime Minister’s chair while former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was seated with the Opposition.

State Ministers, AHM Fowzie and Piyasena Gamage as well as Deputy Minister, Manusha Nanayakkara also sat with the Opposition.

Meanwhile, TNA MP MA Sumanthiran presented a resolution to suspend Standing Orders, but Minister Dinesh Gunawardana objected to this and requested that parliament be adjourned.

 However, JVP MP Vijitha Herath seconded the TNA resolution and thereafter he handed over the no-confidence motion to the speaker.

At this time, the speaker called for a vote taking by rows or by names.

 the vote taking was not permitted and, according to the resolution of suspension of standing orders, the opposition MPs stood up from their seats exhibiting their support.

At that juncture, the speaker said that Standing Orders were suspended based on the consent of the majority and a vote taking was conducted over the no-confidence motion.

Thereafter, the Government MPs walked to the well of the house and started to protest.

Our correspondent stated that amid the chaos, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa walked out from the house.

Later, another chaotic situation erupted as Opposition MPs stood up from their seats and extended their support to the no-confidence motion.

Amid that chaos, speaker Karu Jayasuriya said that the no-confidence motion was passed according to what he sighted and the sounds being heard in the vicinity.

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