Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s group lost a Parliamentary vote for the fourth consecutive time today when 121 lawmakers from the UNP, JVP and the TNA voted in favour of the Selections Committee in Parliament this morning.
The Speaker called for a vote on the composition of the committee when the UPFA, a group that does not have a majority in Parliament, demanded a majority representation in the Selections Committee. As the party leaders could not agree on the matter, the Speaker conducted a vote in Parliament on the composition.
While 116 MPs voted via the electronic system, five MPs voted by name.
Parliament voted to appoint five members each from the UPFA and the UNP and one member each from the JVP and the TNA to the 13-member committee chaired by the Speaker.
As the Speaker called for a vote on the committee, all UPFA MPs walked out of the Parliamentary chamber, boycotting the proceedings. The vote continued despite the absence of the UPFA MP group.