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Political Crisis In Sri Lanka Deepens As New PM Loses Confidence Vote

Sri Lanka’s ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (C) and his loyalists MPs attend the parliament session in Colombo on November 14. Sri Lanka’s parliament passed a motion of no-confidence in the controversially appointed government of Mahinda Rajapakse, a day after the Supreme Court overturned a presidential decree dissolving the legislature (Photo: LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images).

By: Radhakrishna N S

Sri Lanka’s parliament passed a no-confidence motion against newly appointed prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday (14), presenting a standoff with the opposition and throwing the country deeper into turmoil. Deputies from Rajapaksa’s party rejected the voice vote as illegal, saying it wasn’t scheduled and that the pro-China former strongman would remain in office. It wasn’t immediately clear what president Maithripala Sirisena, who triggered the crisis by firing prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and naming Rajapaksa to the job last month, would do now. Government officials said there was confusion about who was in charge. “We need cabinet approvals to go…

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