Sri Lanka crisis LIVE: Two lawmakers from ruling party arrested over May 9 attacks
THE TIMES OF INDIA | May 17, 2022, 19:55:04 IST

Sri Lanka crisis LIVE: Two lawmakers from ruling party arrested over May 9 attacks

A no-confidence motion tabled by the Opposition against Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was defeated in Parliament on Tuesday, in a comfortable win for the embattled President amidst nationwide protests demanding his resignation due to the country's worst-ever economic crisis. Stay with TOI for latest updates on the Sri Lankan crisis:Read Less

19:52 (IST) May 17

2 lawmakers from Sri Lanka's ruling party arrested, top cop quizzed over May 9 attacks

18:30 (IST) May 17

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Parliamentarian Sanath Nishantha has been arrested in relation to the unrest on May 9 at Galle Face and Kollupitiya: Local media reports

16:48 (IST) May 17

Opposition lawmaker Wijayadasa Rajapakshe, who is not related to the president, said the no-trust motion can be taken up again anytime after Thursday according to Parliament's rules.

16:00 (IST) May 17

We're waiting since early morning but petrol is yet to come. People are waiting in kilometers-long queue: Locals

15:42 (IST) May 17

PM Ranil Wickremesinghe had said on Monday that Sri Lanka has only one day of petrol stocks left

15:41 (IST) May 17

Fuel stations put up 'No Petrol' posters amid severe shortage of petrol-diesel

Fuel stations put up 'No Petrol' posters amid severe shortage of petrol-diesel
14:45 (IST) May 17

Only 68 MPs voted in favour of the motion, giving the 72-year-old President a comfortable victory.

14:45 (IST) May 17

The motion by Opposition Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M A Sumanthiran to suspend Parliament's standing orders in order to debate an expression of displeasure over President Rajapaksa was defeated with 119 MPs voting against it.

14:34 (IST) May 17

Lankan Parliament defeats no-trust motion against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

13:49 (IST) May 17

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said 23 votes were rejected.

13:49 (IST) May 17

Ajith, from the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna party, secured 109 votes and the main Opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya nominee Rohini Kavirathna received 78 votes, Sri Lankan media reported.

11:59 (IST) May 17

A majority of the parliamentarians called on Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana to terminate a secret vote without wasting time and money, and instruct the Opposition leader and the prime minister to reach common ground on a suitable candidate, preferably a female candidate as requested by the premier.

11:59 (IST) May 17

The main Opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) party nominated Rohini Kaviratne, while the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) party nominated Ajith Rajapaksa for the post of Deputy Speaker.

11:58 (IST) May 17

The primary task in Tuesday's session was to select a suitable candidate for Deputy Speaker.

11:58 (IST) May 17

The Parliament session began with mourning the murder of ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) lawmaker Amarakeerthi Athukorala, who was killed along with his personal security officer during clashes between anti- and pro-government protesters in the country last week.

11:57 (IST) May 17

Sri Lanka's Cabinet convenes crucial Parliament session

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Sri Lanka crisis LIVE: Two lawmakers from ruling party arrested over May 9 attacks