We will vote for No Confidence Motion to oust PM: SLFP Media Spokesman

Apr 04, 2018 (LBO) – Contrary to the statement made by State Minister A.H.M. Fowzie, Media Spokesman of the SLFP, State Minister Dilan Perera told LBO that they will vote for the no confidence motion to oust Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

State Minister A.H.M. Fowzie earlier in the morning told LBO that the party has decided to abstain from voting at the no confidence motion.

“That is a personal opinion of Minister Fowzie. Minister Fowzie not even attended our meeting,” Perera told LBO.

“Now the SLFP Parliamentarians are meeting together at the residence of UPFA General Secretary Minister Mahinda Amaraweera and decided to vote for the no confidence motion,”

Dilan Perera said SLFP General Secretary Minister Duminda Dissanayake also attended this meeting even though there were few Parliamentarians who oppose this decision.

“But our decision has been approved by the majority of SLFP Parliamentarians; so we will attend the debate and vote against Prime Minister.”

SLFP has divided over the motion due to the contrary views expressed by different Parliamentarians.

Joint Opposition who handed over the no confidence motion and the JVP will vote with the no confidence motion against the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

TNA has put forwarded a 10 points demand to Prime Minister in order to extend conditional support against no confidence motion; among them is passing new constitution in Parliament before announcement of next PC polls.

Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), All Ceylon Makkal Congress led by Minister Rishad Bathiudeen and Mano Ganesan’s Tamil Progressive Alliance has decided to vote against the motion.

The 12-hour long Parliamentary debate on the no confidence motion began at 10.00 am in the morning at the Parliament and will end with the vote that will be taken up at 9.30 pm.

Current Party Composition of the Parliament

Name of political party Number of Seats obtained at the Election
United National Party 106
United People’s Freedom Alliance  95
Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi 16
People’s Liberation Front 6
Eelam People’s Democratic Party (Douglas Devananda) 1
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress 1

(Updated)

Related: No Confidence Motion: SLFP decides to abstain from voting