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    PM says he cannot be removed forcibly

    November 18, 2018

    The Prime Minister t Mahinda Rajapaksa says he cannot be removed easily by force and if a no-confidence motion is presented legally he is ready to leave the Premiership.

    Comparing the parliament to a Comedy Theater, the former president, who was appointed by the President ousting Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, refused to accept the unfavorable result of two no-confidence motions passed in parliament against him.

    Speaking at an event held at the Kasagala Raja Maha Vihara in Weeraketiya,last Friday (16), Rajapaksa said although there is no issue with regard to an MP voicing his objections, certain actions should be taken with regard to bringing a knife into the Parliament�s chamber.

    "Today, parliament is like a comedy stage. The MPs objected to this because there was no problem at this moment. But actions should be taken bringing a knife. But it was not taken. Young MPs definitely stood up against it," Rajapaksa said referring to the ugly scene in yesterday's parliament session.

    He said that if this issue cannot be resolved within the Parliament, the people should be given the opportunity to do it. "If 225 parliamentarians are unable to solve this issue, the people should be allowed to intervene. When the voters are given power, no one will have a problem."

    Rajapaksa further said that if attempts are made to unlawfully remove him instead, they are ready to fight such moves. "We are not going to leave this and run away," he said.

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