Sri Lanka: President Gotabaya and PM Mahinda Rajapaksa in trouble, opposition will bring no-confidence motion against the government tomorrow

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Sri Lanka’s opposition parties are set to move a no-confidence motion against the SLPP coalition government in parliament on Wednesday. At the same time, the troubled government has announced the formation of a cabinet sub-committee to consider the proposal for a new constitution. Main opposition Samagi Jana Balvegaya (SJB) said they would move a no-confidence motion against the government, while the main Tamil party and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP) would jointly move a no-confidence motion against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Senior SJB leader Ajit Perera said that we will submit the no-confidence motion tomorrow (Wednesday).

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Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will have to resign if he is defeated in the no-confidence motion

Analysts say Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the cabinet will have to resign if the government is defeated in the SJB’s no-confidence motion. Former Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said there is no legal obligation for the TNA/UNP proposal for the President to resign. This problem can be solved only when either the President or the Prime Minister resigns. The decision is up to them.

Under Article 38 of the Constitution, a President can be removed only if he has resigned voluntarily or after a long process of impeachment. Sri Lanka has seen a flurry of political meetings these days as Mahinda Rajapaksa has refused to resign to make way for a coalition government for an interim period. Powerful Buddhist priests have also called for Rajapaksa’s resignation to make way for an interim government.

The government on Tuesday announced the formation of a cabinet sub-committee to consider the proposal for a new constitution. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa proposed amending the constitution to create an accountable administration amid widespread protests against the government for its failure to handle the economy.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa showed reluctance to sack his elder brother, telling parties that he would be able to form an all-party interim government if he secured a majority of 113 in the 225-member assembly. Explain that any motion requires seven days’ notice before it can be included in the order sheet for debate.