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Sri Lanka Parliament Votes Against Rajapaksa The vote pushed the island nation and India’s neighbour into a deep political crisis

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SRI LANKA’s parliament passed a no-confidence motion against the recently appointed government of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, pushing the island nation and India’s neighbour into a deep political crisis.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya ruled that the majority of the 225-member house had voted in favour of the motion and that the house did not have confidence in the government of Prime Minister Rajapaksa, news agency AFP reported.

In a surprise move, President Maithripala Sirisena had appointed Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister on Oct. 26, replacing Ranil Wickremesinghe.

This put the country in a political limbo as protests and incidents of violence forced President Sirisena to dissolve the parliament for it was clear that his decision to appoint Rajapaksa in place of Wickremesinghe was not backed by the lawmakers.

And on Tuesday, the country’s Supreme Court had overturned President Sirisena’s controversial order to dissolve parliament and halted the preparations for elections on Jan. 5.

Reports said that just before the vote, Rajapaksa and his son Namal, who is also a legislator, walked out of the house. Chaos followed soon after but Speaker Jayasuriya continued with the vote.

The verdict of the house does not mean an automatic win in any form for Wickremesinghe who had refused to vacate his official residence. President Sirisena has the power and the right to appoint the next prime minister.

#SriLanka: AS IT HAPPENED

The Count

The Walkout

The Chaos

The Question

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