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

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Amid an ongoing economic crisis and large-scale public anger against the ruling government, Sri Lankan opposition leader Sajith Premadasa, Sri Lankan opposition leader Sajith Premadasa said on Saturday that a no-confidence motion will be presented against Prime Minister Mahinda. Rajapaksa during the next session of the country’s parliament.
Premadasa made the announcement as he spoke at the start of the fifth day of the anti-government ‘Samagi Bala March’ organized in Yakkala, Colombo Page reported.
Premadasa signed the motion of impeachment against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the motion of no confidence against the government on April 11.
Premadasa said he would never betray the aspirations of people suffering on the ground, the report said.
He went on to say that the manner in which the no-confidence vote will be conducted will identify “true patriots”. He added that the Rajapaksa government, which brought the country to the brink of collapse in two years, should be sent home immediately.
Earlier on April 9, the Sri Lankan SJB announced that it will file an impeachment motion against President Gotabaya Rajapaksha if he does not provide immediate relief to the people of the island nation.
The six-day ‘Samagi Bala March’ started in Kandy, Sri Lanka on April 26 and is expected to end on May Day (Sunday).
Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa and hundreds of thousands of people representing 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, rising prices and power cuts affecting large numbers of people, resulting in massive protests over how the government is handling the situation.
The recession is blamed on foreign exchange shortages caused by a drop in tourism during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as reckless economic policies such as the government’s decision last year to ban chemical fertilizers in a bid to make Sri Lanka’s agriculture “100% organic”.
Due to an acute shortage of foreign exchange, Sri Lanka has recently defaulted on its entire foreign debt worth around US$51 billion.
The economic situation led to massive protests with demands for the resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

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