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Sri Lankan Parliament votes to cut finances to PM's office

IANS  |  Colombo 

A majority of Sri Lankan legislators on Thursday voted in favour of a special motion presented to Parliament to halt the finances provided to the amid the current political instability.

A total of 123 legislators out of the 225-member Parliament voted in favour of the motion which was presented by Ravi Karunanayake, a parliamentarian from the United National Party (UNP), which is led by ousted

Legislators from the minority and the also voted in favour of the motion, reported.

The vote was taken as MPs loyal to former boycotted Parliament for the third consecutive time against Karu Jayasuriya's ruling that he would not recognize

Rajapaksa who was appointed the in the new Cabinet by on October 26, told journalists from Parliament premises that he and his party opposed the Speaker's behaviour and they would boycott sessions till such time they were recognized as the ruling party.

Freedom Party legislator, S.B. Dissanayake, who is part of Rajapaksa's new government, said they would not accept the vote on the special motion as only a could put forward such a motion after Cabinet approval was obtained.

"The motion presented by the UNP is a complete violation of the constitution. We will not accept it," Dissanayake said.

Jayasuriya was expected to hold talks with Sirisena later on Thursday to brief him about the vote on the special motion and to seek a solution to the present political instability.



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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 17:48 IST