Sri Lanka: Proposal to suspend Parliament standing orders defeated 

NEW DELHI Updated: May 17, 2022, 03:21 PM(IST)

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The resolution put forward by Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M.A. Sumanthiran was rejected by a margin of 51 votes in the house.There were 119 MPs who voted against the measure and 68 who voted in favour.

The move to suspend Sri Lankan Parliament Standing Orders in order to resume debate on the motion expressing unhappiness with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was defeated today in Parliament (May 17).

The resolution put forward by Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M.A. Sumanthiran was rejected by a margin of 51 votes in the house.

There were 119 MPs who voted against the measure and 68 who voted in favour.

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As a result, the motion expressing unhappiness with the President will not be debated in the House as soon as possible.

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In total, he received 109 votes. MP Rohini Kumari Wijerathna, the main opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya's nomination, received 78 votes and received a majority of 31 votes.

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena announced the two nominations to the House following the start of parliamentary proceedings this morning.

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On behalf of the SJB, Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa submitted the name of MP Rohini Kumari Wijerathna. MP Lakshman Kiriella seconded the motion.

Minister G.L. Peiris, on behalf of the ruling party, nominated MP Ajith Rajapakse.

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