News Alerts

13 Apr 2018 | 09:21 AM UTC

Sri Lanka: President adjourns parliament until May 8

Sri Lanka News Alert

President Sirisena adjourns parliament on April 12 until May 8, in the aftermath of a failed no-confidence motion attempt against the prime minister

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/13/2018, 12:00 AM until 4/13/2018, 11:59 PM (UTC). COUNTRY/REGION Sri Lanka


Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena adjourned the parliament on Thursday, April 12, until May 8. The move comes during a period of political uncertainty, following an unsuccessful no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the defection of several ministers, which forced a cabinet reshuffle. A new cabinet will be sworn in on April 23. Lawmakers and ministers from Sirisena's Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) voted in favor of the no-confidence motion, before resigning and sitting with the opposition coalition, led by the United National Party (UNP). Both pro- and anti-government protests are likely in the coming days weeks. 


In recent weeks, President Sirisena has reduced the powers of Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, removing from his sphere of control the central bank, the policy-making National Operations Room, and several other institutions. Sirisena has also demanded Wickremesinghe's resignation to allow him to appoint a prime minister of his choice. The next general elections (presidential and legislative) are currently scheduled to take place in 2020.


Individuals present in Sri Lanka are advised to keep abreast of the domestic political climate and to avoid all protests due to the risk of violence. .


Copyright and Disclaimer
GardaWorld is the owner or licensee of all intellectual property rights in the material presented on this website. All such rights are reserved. The use of this website and its material is subject to the Terms of Use and accordingly you must not use any content from this website for commercial or other analogous purposes without our consent, including but not limited to any deep-linking or framing in order to copy, distribute, display or monitor any portion of the website. If you have any questions or are interested in distributing any content from this website, Contact us for more details.

Related news