Sri Lanka Parliament Votes Against Mahinda Rajapakse Government in Landmark Vote

President Maithripala Sirisena has reportedly agreed to reinstate ousted Prime Minister Wickremesinghe in the post after a discussion with him over the phone on Friday.

Colombo, November 14: In the latest development of the political situation in the country, Sri Lanka Parliament has voted against Mahinda Rajapakse government in a landmark vote, according to AFP. The new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa recently slashed fuel prices, saying "ill-conceived" financial policies of the previous government have affected the economy and raised the cost of living.

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Rajapaksa, who is also the Finance Minister, reduced the prices of petrol and diesel by Rs 10 (USD 0.058) and Rs 7 (USD 0.048) per litre respectively as he announced a new series of economic relief measures. Sri Lanka's New PM Mahinda Rajapaksa Cuts Petrol Prices by Rs 10 Amid Political Crisis.

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President Sirisena replaced Wickremesinghe with Rajapaksa in a dramatic turn of events and suspended Parliament after the sacked premier sought an emergency session to prove his majority. Wickremesinghe refused to accept his dismissal, claiming to be the country's legitimate premier. He argued that he cannot legally be removed until he loses the support of Parliament and called for a floor test to prove his majority.

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