President Maithripala Sirisena suffered a resounding humiliation when his designated choice for the vacant Deputy Speaker post, Sudharshini Fernandopulle was defeated by the candidate put forward by the United National Party, J.M. Ananda Kumarasiri.
Kumarasiri, received 97 votes while Fernandopulle got only 53 votes. One vote was rejected. The Joint Opposition backed Fernandopulle while the TNA and JVP abstained. The UNP had decided to put forward Kumarasiri when the party’s Working Committee met yesterday (June 4).
Mahinda Rajapaksa, Namal Rajapaksa and Chamal Rajapaksa were conspicuously absent when the vote was taken.