Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Wednesday held a debate on a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
The motion, submitted by the ‘joint opposition’ in Sri Lanka looks to remove the Prime Minister over various allegations.
Some members of Sri Lanka’s ruling coalition have expressed support for the no-confidence motion threatening to split the Government.
After last minute lobbying some members of the ruling coalition partner, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), said they have decided to abstain from voting on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Parliament when the vote is taken on Wednesday night.
The SLFP is headed by President Maithripala Sirisena while the other partner in the coalition, the United National Party (UNP) is headed by the Prime Minister.
President Sirisena and Wickremesinghe had several rounds of talks between them and their political parties over the past few days to discuss the no-confidence motion.
The no-confidence motion accused Wickramasinghe of serving the Central Bank of Sri Lanka from the Ministry of Finance contrary to the norm and brought it under himself with the motive of committing a fraud associated with Treasury Bonds.
The motion also noted that the Prime Minister made an attempt to exonerate the accused persons in the scam.
He was also accused of tarnishing the image of the country before the international community by failing to take immediate measures to provide protection to Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim people during the unrest that occurred in the Kandy District while holding the portfolio of Minister of Law and Order, resulting in loss of lives and damage to property.
Tight security was seen outside Parliament when the full day debate was taking place.