History of no-faith motions in Lanka


By Saman Indrajith

The submission of a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday was the third such motion against a prime minister in Sri Lanka’s parliamentary history according to parliament sources. Two early no-confidence motions were submitted and taken for vote against former Prime Ministers SWRD Bandaranaike in 1957 and Sirimavo Bandaranaike in 1975. The motion against SWRD received only one ‘Yes’ vote and 45 "No’ votes; the motion against Sirimavo received 43 "Yes" votes and 100 "No’ votes.

Yesterday’s motion would be the 47th no-faith vote if it is taken up for debate and put to the vote. There have been 23 no-confidence motions against governments, 13 against ministers, six against Speakers and Deputy Speakers, one against an opposition leader and another one against a chief justice.

The motion against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake was taken for debate and voted on January 10 and 11 on 2013. It received 155 ‘yes’ votes and 49 ‘no’ votes.


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