By Colombo Telegraph –
The Central Committee of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) today decided not to take part in the vote on the impeachment of the Chief Justice. LSSP sources told Colombo Telegraph that nearly two-thirds of the members of the Central Committee voted in favour of either abstaining or not taking part when the vote on the impeachment is taken up in Parliament. Minister Tissa Vitarana and Ven. Baddgegama Samitha also spoke in favour of either abstaining or not taking part.
The LSSP decision comes in the wake of a strong stand taken by the Communist Party not to take part in the vote. On 01 January, the Socialist Alliance, which brings together five Left parties, endorsed the decision of the Communist Party. Alliance sources told Colombo Telegraph that the decisions of the CP and LSSP would now put great pressure on Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara of the Democratic Left Front to follow suit.