Sri Lanka president rejects Rajapaksa no-confidence vote: Lawmaker

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Sri Lanka’s president has rejected a second no-confidence motion passed on Friday against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, appointed late last month in place of Ranil Wickremesinghe, a loyalist lawmaker said.

FILE PHOTO: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena listens to a speech during a Parliament
Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena listens to a speech during a Parliament session marking the 70th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Government, in Colombo, Sri Lanka October 3, 2017. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/Files

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s president has rejected a second no-confidence motion passed on Friday against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, appointed late last month in place of Ranil Wickremesinghe, a loyalist lawmaker said.

Maithripala Sirisena will also not reappoint Wickremesinghe to the post, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene, from Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party, said.

“The president rejected today’s no confidence (vote)… He also told us to show our majority in (parliament) in the next few days,” Abeywardene told reporters after meeting Sirisena.

(Reporting by Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal; editing by John Stonestreet)

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