Sirisena says he won't suspend parliament after Rajapaksa loses confidence vote

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 16, 2018, 02.48 PM (IST)

Sri Lankan president on Friday said that he won`t suspend parliament "under any circumstances", after the prime minister he appointed lost his second confidence vote in three days.

Mahinda Rajapaksa was appointed as PM by Maithripala Sirisena last month.

Parliament passed a no-confidence motion against Mahinda Rajapaksa and his government by a voice vote after lawmakers supporting him tried to disrupt proceedings.

"I urge all parliamentarians to uphold principles of democracy, parliamentary traditions at all times," President Maithripala Sirisena said in a tweet. "I will not prorogue parliament under any circumstances."

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Earlier chaos prevailed in Sri Lankan parliament after clashes broke out between the two rival camps after Rajapaksa lost the no-confidence motion. 

According to reports, Rajapaksa camp clashed with UNP members. The protesters also threw chilli powders at the Speaker, according to WION. 

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Chaos prevailed in Sri Lankan parliament after clashes broke out between the two rival camps after Rajapaksa lost the no-confidence motion