Sri Lanka president rejects no-confidence on disputed PM

Lawmakers supporting disputed Prime Minister Rajapksa throw a chair towards police officers escorting the speaker inside parliament in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Pandemonium reigned in Sri Lanka's Parliament as lawmakers supporting Rajapaksa violently demonstrated in the house to prevent the proceedings from taking place on Friday, a day after a fierce brawl between rival legislators. They threw books and chairs at police who escorted Jayasuriya into the chamber and did not allow him to sit in the speaker's chair. Jayasuriya, using a microphone, adjourned the house until Monday. (AP Photo/Lahiru Harshana)

A spokesman says Sri Lanka's president has refused to accept the no-confidence motion passed by parliament against the disputed prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — A spokesman says Sri Lanka's president has refused to accept the no-confidence motion passed by parliament against the disputed prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Parliament on Friday passed the second no-confidence motion against Rajapaksa, who was appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena on Oct. 26 after Sirisena sacked former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Rajapaksa's appointment triggered a political crisis.

Parliament passed the first no-confidence motion on Wednesday but Sirisena and Rajapaksa refused to accept it.

Sirisena on Thursday asked the lawmakers opposing Rajapaksa to take up the no-confidence motion again.

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