No-confidence motion against Sri Lanka govt. defeated

JVP moved the vote, saying it failed to stop terror attacks
A trust vote on the government presented by the Opposition Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) in Sri Lankan Parliament was defeated on Thursday with a majority of 119 legislators in the 225-member House voting against it. The leftist JVP or Peoples’ Liberation Front, an Opposition party, on Wednesday submitted a motion accusing the ruling coalition of failing to prevent the April 21 Easter terror attacks despite the “fact that proper information had been made available regarding suicide terrorists.” Its leader Anura Dissanayaka said the attacks occurred because of the government’s failure to fulfil its responsibility, adding: “people have no confidence in this government.” Following a two-day debate that ended on Thursday evening, a total of 92 lawmakers from President Maithripala Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), which pulled out of government last October, the coalition backing former President and Leader of Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa, and the JVP voted in favour of the no-confidence motion. Minister said, “29 mosques were attacked, a Muslim father was murdered while his entire family watched in shock, 900 Muslim houses were damaged — these took place while law enforcement idly stood by.” Both the Muslim MPs and the main Tamil party appear to have decided to vote for the government, to avoid giving the Rajapaksa camp in Opposition an advantage. Addressing the House, TNA Leader R. Sampanthan said the minorities had a reason to vote the way they did in the 2015 election, in which former President Rajapaksa was defeated. “The efforts of this government may not be to our complete satisfaction, but they are certainly better than the former regime,” he said.

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