Opposition confident noconfidence will pass

The opposition today said it was confident the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will pass in Parliament.Former Foreign Minister and United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian, Professor G.L Peiris said that while 112 MPs had signed the motion, there are others who could not sign it and so the actual number in the end will be higher. He said that President Maithripala Sirisena will then need to appoint a new Prime Minister who has the majority support of Parliament.“From the time Ranil Wickremesinghe was appointed as Prime Minister he had a minority Government and not a majority,” he said. Professor G.L Peiris also noted that the term of the current Parliament ends in 2016 and not this year.But the President needs a Government and Prime Minister who has the confidence of Parliament to pass the 20th Amendment to the constitution.Peiris also noted that the new Government has hurt China and relations with some other countries. “Some of those who support the motion could not sign it because they did not get the opportunity. But they will sign it so the number will go up,” he said. He said the concerns over the Port City Project should have been discussed with China and not make it a political issue. Peiris said that once the motion is passed with a Parliament majority, the cabinet and not Parliament, will be dissolved. The former Foreign Minister also noted that some comments allegedly made on Australia could hurt Sri Lanka’s relations with Australia. (Colombo Gazette) read more