The parliamentary session will start from Wednesday in the midst of the economic crisis

Crisis in Sri Lanka: The country is facing its worst economic crisis since independence.

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Amid a simmering political crisis in the island nation, the Sri Lankan parliament is due to convene on Wednesday in a session that could see a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Sri Lankan opposition leader and Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) leader Sajith Premadasa said on Saturday that the no-confidence motion would be tabled against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in the country’s next session of parliament.

Premadasa made the announcement while speaking at the start of the fifth day of the SJB-organized “Samagi Bala March” against the government, Colombo Page reported.

Premadasa had signed the impeachment motion against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the no confidence motion against the government on April 11.

Wednesday’s parliamentary session is expected to witness the election of the vice president after Ranjith Siyambalapitiya resigned from his post on April 30, according to Colombo Page.

Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) MP Ranjith Siyambalapitiya has decided to resign as Vice President following the decision by his party, which was one of the government’s coalition partners, to withdraw its support for the government led by Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) party plans to appoint Dilan Perera as vice-president, whose nomination the main opposition party SJB is said to oppose, Colombo Page reported citing sources.

If such a situation arises, a group of opposition members have also discussed appointing MP Anura Priyadarshana Yapa as Vice President, according to the report.

Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since independence with food and fuel shortages, soaring prices and power cuts affecting large numbers of people, leading to massive protests over the handling of the situation by the government.

The recession is attributed to currency shortages caused by a drop in tourism during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as reckless economic policies, such as the government’s decision last year to ban chemical fertilizers in a bid to make Sri Lankan agriculture ‘100%’. biological”.

Due to a severe shortage of foreign exchange, Sri Lanka recently defaulted on all of its external debt amounting to approximately $51 billion.

The economic situation has led to huge protests with demands for the resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

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