Sri Lankan politi­cians bar fund­ing for PM

The National - News - - WORLD -

Sri Lankan politi­cians on Thurs­day ap­proved a mo­tion bar­ring dis­puted Prime Min­is­ter Mahinda Ra­japaksa from us­ing state funds af­ter he lost two no-con­fi­dence votes, fur­ther es­ca­lat­ing the po­lit­i­cal cri­sis in the coun­try. The mo­tion was passed with 123 votes in the 225-mem­ber par­lia­ment as Mr Ra­japaksa sup­port­ers boy­cotted the pro­ceed­ings for a third day, ac­cus­ing Speaker Karu Jaya­suriya of bias and breach­ing par­lia­men­tary rules. The mo­tion was a set­back for Mr Ra­japaksa be­cause it wa a clear demon­stra­tion that a ma­jor­ity of politi­cians op­pose the for­mer strong­man, who ruled Sri Lanka as pres­i­dent from 2005 to 2015.

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