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    June 10, 2016

    Vote of no-confidence against Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake was defeated in Parliament yesterday (09th June) with a majority of 94 votes. Ending the day-long debate, 145 law makers voted against the motion while 51 were in favour. 28 MPs were absent when division was taken by name. Even though the President Maithripala Sirisena was present in the Parliament during the debate and the vote former President MP Mahinda Rajapaksa was not in the House.

    On 27th November 2015, the Joint Opposition submitted a motion seeking a vote of no-confidence against Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake on several charges. Moving the motion Joint Opposition MP Dinesh Gunawardena held the Minister of Finance misled the Parliament and the general public through misrepresentation and made the budget a mere fabrication by neglecting the element Parliament holding the full control over public finance in terms of Article 148 of the Constitution. They also accused the Minister for following an arbitrary, inflexible and capricious public finance management policy causing seriously damaging impact on the macro economic variables of the country. (AH)

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