The SJB party said it plans to hand the impeachment and no-confidence motions to the chairman when parliament meets on April 19 after the New Year holidays, Colombo Page reported.
Opposition leader and SJB leader Sajith Premadasa signed the impeachment motion against the president and the motion of no confidence against the government on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Ceylon Workers’ Congress (CWC), a political party, has decided not to support the motion of no confidence against the government tabled by SJB, Colombo Page reported.
CWC chairman MP Maradapandi Rameshwaran said the party hopes to abstain on the no-confidence vote.
Two members of the Ceylon Workers’ Congress are represented in parliament. Both are currently independent MPs.
Sri Lankans protest against the government’s handling of the economic situation. Yesterday Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims gathered at Galle Face Green, the main beach in the capital Colombo, outside the secretariat of the Sri Lankan president, lifting ‘Go Gota Go’ slogans and also holding President Gotabaya Rajapaksa responsible for the economic situation of the country.
Sri Lanka is facing a severe economic crisis with food and fuel scarcity affecting a large number of people on the island. The economy has been in free fall since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sri Lanka also suffers from a shortage of foreign exchange, which incidentally has affected its capacity to import food and fuel, leading to power cuts in the country. The shortage of essential goods forced Sri Lanka to seek help from friendly countries.