With the situation in the Kandy District and elsewhere returning to normal following communal unrest there’s renewed activity with regard to a no-confidence motion being brought against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
The most vocal advocate of this move, UNP MP (Puttalam District) Range Bandara has now gone completely silent. However, Minister of Social Empowerment S.B. Dissanayake addressing a gathering at a ceremony in Liyanwala, Walapane, expressed confidence that many members of the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) would support the motion.
Although there is no constitutional provision to oust Wickremesinghe from the post of Prime Minister through a no-confidence motion, the success of such a move would be a severe blow to his credibility and legitimacy.
Given the current composition of Parliament and the likelihood that the TNA and JVP abstaining in the event of a vote, the Prime Minister appears to be safe. However, the Daily Mirror has reported that the UNP is seeking a meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena who is also the leader of the SLFP ‘to discuss how to proceed with the unity government during this trying time.’
The SLFP, officially, has not committed itself either way. A few weeks ago Mahinda Amaraweera stated ‘the SLFP will do what is best for the country.’