UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe redemonstrated his parliamentary majority and officially positioned himself as the ideal candidate for the Prime Minister’s post.
The confidence motion presented in support of UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe passed with 117 MPs voting in favour.
The UNP and the TNA voted in favour of the motion presented by UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa. JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said his party would not support the motion, but pledged support to any action taken to reverse the October 26 coup.
Presenting the motion earlier today, Premadasa said Wickremesinghe was the MP who commanded the support of the majority of Parliamentarians.
While stressing the need for re-appointment of Wickremesinghe, Premadasa said the current political crisis should be resolved through the appointment of MP commanding the majority support in the House as the Prime Minister.
UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera seconded the motion. He stressed the importance of coming forward to protect the parliamentary democracy of Sri Lanka at a time when it has come under immense pressure due to the actions of the Executive President.
Speaking in Parliament after the motion was passed, Wickremesinghe thanked everyone who supported the motion.
The UNP Leader said it was the duty of all political parties to respect the constitutional provisions. He said all right-thinking parties should come together to find a solution to the current crisis through democratic means.
He also expressed his commitment to a political solution to the national question without dividing the country.
“We have not forgotten our promise for a new constitution and the abolition of Executive Presidency. We will continue to work towards achieving them,” Wickremesinghe said adding that strengthening Provincial Councils will be a key pillar of his political solution to the national question.