Power Vacuum: Supreme Court and Ranil Wickremesinghe
power vacuum: Sarvanamuttu said the no-confidence vote leaves Sirisena with two options either to reinstate Ranil Wickremesinghe, whom he replaced with Rajapaksa on Oct. 26, as prime minister, or await the decision of the Supreme Court, which is due to issue a ruling on the ouster and subsequent government appointments on Dec. 7, according to Vancouver Courier. Lawmakers supporting Wickremesinghe had a visible majority in the chamber on Wednesday, with many wearing shawls emblazoned with the words For democracy. The motion brought by the head of an opposition party could mean that Rajapaksa will have to resign his post but does not necessarily mean the leader whose ousting set off the crisis will be reinstated, creating a power vacuum in the South Asian island nation.article continues below Trending Stories Vision Vancouver will not run a mayoral candidate for first time in party's history Update Innocent teen caught in crossfire of Saturday's shooting has died Vancouver keeps its standing on world's most liveable city podium Thermal imaging pilot project heats up Rajapaksa's government will fall, said Paikiasothy Sarvanamuttu, executive director of the Colombo-based nonpartisan Centre for Policy Alternatives civil society group, and among the petitioners who challenged the constitutionality of President Maithripala Sirisena's recent actions. As Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya prepared to let the no-confidence motion be debated, the chamber descended into chaos, with lawmakers supporting Rajapaksa filing into the centre of the room shouting political slogans and accusing Jayasuriya of betraying the people's mandate. Before the results were announced, Rajapaksa walked out of the chamber. Jayasuriya then said he had no choice but to bypass the debate and take an oral vote, with those in favour clearly voicing more support for the motion than those against it. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.
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