Posted on April 4th, 2018

Courtesy Newsin.Asia

Colombo, April 4: With the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) split  on the No Confidence Motion (NCM) against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe,  the Joint Opposition’s bid to oust Wickremesinghe seems to be doomed.

The Sri Lankan parliament is currently debating the NCM moved by the Joint Opposition (JO) led by former President Mahnida Rajapaksa on Wednesday. The vote is to take place at 9.30 pm.

As of now, the JO simply does not have the numbers to win the vote.

Under the best circumstances the JO would have got only 101 (54 from its own ranks,  41 from the SLFP, and six from the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna)  making a total of 101.

The United National Party (UNP) and the United National  Front (UNF) headed by Prime Minister Wickremesinghe would have got 112 (106 of its own ranks plus 16 from the Tamil National Alliance).

The UNP/UNF combine had been streets ahead of the JO and SLFP right from the start.

But the current position is that JO will get only a part of the SLFP vote as one section has declared that it will abstain, and  another section has said that it will vote against the motion.

This means that the JO-SLFP will land up with less than originally expected, and the UNP-UNF will get more than expected. Therefore Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesnghe is expected to sail through the NCM debate and voting.

The main reason for the split in the SLFP is President Maithripala Sirisena’s view that the present coalition government should continue till the end of its term in 2020.

Although at odds with Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, the President has come round to the view that Wickremesinghe should be allowed to stay on in his post if he has the required backing in his party and in the parliament.

And Wickremesinghe has proved that he has the near full support of his party UNP and his alliance UNF.

Additionally, the President is aware that the Prime Minister cannot be sacked by him after parliament passed the 19 th.Constititutional Amendment in 2015.

According to the 19 th. Amendment, the Prime Minister will vacate his office only on his death or after he ceases to be a Member of Parliament or after his government” loses the vote on a money or appropriation bill or a No Confidence Motion.

Note that Art 48 (2) clearly states that the NCM will have to be against the government as a whole and not merely against the Prime Minister as a person.

Thus the JO may have made a mistake by filing an NCM against Wickremesinghe personally. The NCM should have been against the government as a whole.

But the JO did not want to file an NCM against the government as a whole, because it wanted to woo the President and his party, the SLFP, to form a united SLFP-JO government without the UNP.



  1. Christie Says:

    Get rid of Sirisena.

    Sinhalese have to unite and stand up to India and Indian colonists.

  2. Charles Says:

    Maithreepala Sirisena will not let Ranil get defeated in a NCM. They are yoked together. Sirisena cannot exist without Ranil and Ranil cannot exist in Parliaent without Sirisena. They will do nothing more than what they have been and ruin Sri Lanka the more before end of 2020.

  3. Ananda-USA Says:


    NCM DEFEATED! Ths idemonstrates the POWER of BOND SCAM MONEY used to BRIBE MPs.

    Now, the TNA will want to FAST-TRACK the New Constitution to GET THEIR EELAM, no doubt PROMISED by the DESHAD-DROHI PARA-GATHI AGA-MATHI to SURVIVE the NCM!

    Now, it is upto the PATRIOTS to IDENTIFY & PUNISH those who raised their hands in support of the NCM!


    No-Confidence Motion against Sri Lanka Prime Minister defeated
    Wed, Apr 4, 2018, 10:16 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    Apr 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka parliament today comfortably defeated a no confidence motion brought by the Joint Opposition against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

    The no-confidence motion received 76 votes in support and 122 votes against, defeating the motion with a majority of 46 votes. Another 26 MPs including Minister Nishantha Muthuhettigama, who signed the NCM, abstained from voting

    Earlier the United National Party said they will vote to defeat the motion and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party said they will abstain from voting. However, a group of SLFP ministers including Ministers Dayasiri Jayasekara, Susil Premajayantha and WDA Seneviratne said they will vote against the Premier.

  4. Nihal Perera Says:

    I am NOT surprised, knowing the dirty and cunning politicians who play games to protect their own self-interest, and stay in power at any cost.

    The present party based parliamentary system in SL is a joke. It does not serve the country but those political parasites, their families, and friends. If the country has to go forward, the people and their political psyche need to change.

    Under the present system even a defeated candidate can become a minister. SL must be the only country in the world where defeated candidates can sit in the parliament and milk the country! What kind of a stupid system is that?

    As long as this system exists the country will never prosper, but only the political parasites. The so-called democracy in SL is indeed laughable, to say the least..! The rule of law only applies to the rich and influential citizens who are well connected to the politicians.

    What SL needs is a firm, no nonsense, patriotic leader who does not sell the country under any circumstances. Also not giving into the demands of the minorities and their foreign backers, like UNHRC, NGOs, and other bleeding-heart western countries like UK, USA, Canada, Norway, etc.

    I can think of only one such leader who fits the bill. That is Gotabhaya Rajapakse, who had already demonstrated what he was capable of by defeating the most ruthless terrorists – who destroyed the country for over 30 years. He also had the vision to bring the country to the 21st century, by modernizing the infrastructure and cities, especially Colombo, with the help of his elder brother.

    Sri Lanka desperately needs such brave and committed leaders to stop the rapid deterioration caused by these moronic Yahapalanaya idiots. Sooner the better.

    Imagine what he is capable of doing for the country, for the next 10 years, if Sri Lankans are smart (and lucky..) enough to elect him as the next president – in 2020..!

  5. Hiranthe Says:

    Selfish parasites!

    They don’t care if Mother Lanka is perished.

    People should make note of all the MP’s who voted against the NCM and who abstained from voting. They are the real PARASITES need to be eradicated in the next election.

  6. Lorenzo Says:

    Only a SANGHA-MILITARY takeover can save SL.

    Even if the other camp comes to power HACK-HIM and BADU-URU-DIN will be KINGS.

    Demo-crazy was left by the Brits to destroy SL internally.

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