rajapaksa: Sri Lanka: Opposition to bring no-confidence motion against Mahinda Rajapaksa government

COLOMBO: Amid an ongoing economic crisis and large-scale public anger against the ruling government, Sri Lanka‘s leader of opposition, Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) leader Sajith Premadasa, on Saturday said that a no-confidence motion will be brought against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa during the next session of the country’s parliament.
Premadasa made the announcement while speaking at the commencement of the fifth day of the ‘Samagi Bala March’ organised against the government in Yakkala, Colombo Page reported.
Premadasa had signed the impeachment motion against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the no-confidence motion against the government on April 11.
Premadasa said that he would never betray the aspirations of the suffering people on the ground, the report said.
He went on to say that the manner, in which the no-confidence motion will be conducted, will identify “true patriots”. He added that the Rajapaksa government, which had taken the country on the brink of collapse within two years, should be sent home immediately.
Earlier, on April 9, Sri Lanka’s SJB announced that it will move an impeachment motion against President Gotabaya Rajapaksha if it fails to provide immediate relief to the people of the island nation.
The six-day ‘Samagi Bala March’ commenced from Kandy in Sri Lanka on April 26 and is set to culminate on May Day (Sunday).
Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa and hundreds of thousands of people representing the Samagi Jana Balawegaya are participating in the march, Colombo Page said.
Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since independence with food and fuel shortages, soaring prices and power cuts affecting a large number of the people, resulting in massive protests over the government’s handling of the situation.
The recession is attributed to foreign exchange shortages caused by a fall in tourism during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as reckless economic policies, like the government’s move last year to ban chemical fertilizers in a bid to make Sri Lanka’s agriculture “100 per cent organic”.
Due to an acute shortage of Foreign exchange, Sri Lanka recently defaulted on the entirety of its foreign debt amounting to about USD 51 billion.
The economic situation has led to huge protests with demands for the resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

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