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Sri Lankan Politicians Fight in Parliament Over PM Dispute

World | Associated Press | November 15, 2018, 4:56 pm
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 Rival lawmakers exchanged blows in Sri Lanka's Parliament as disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa claimed the speaker had no authority to remove him from office by voice vote. (Image: AP)

Rival lawmakers exchanged blows in Sri Lanka's Parliament as disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa claimed the speaker had no authority to remove him from office by voice vote. (Image: AP)

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 The fighting in the chamber came a day after it passed a no-confidence vote against Rajapaksa's government. (Image: AP)

The fighting in the chamber came a day after it passed a no-confidence vote against Rajapaksa's government. (Image: AP)

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 When Parliament re-convened, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said the country had no government and there was no prime minister — either Rajapaksa or his rival whose ousting in late October by the president started the crisis. (Image: AP)

When Parliament re-convened, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said the country had no government and there was no prime minister — either Rajapaksa or his rival whose ousting in late October by the president started the crisis. (Image: AP)

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 Rajapaksa disagreed, saying

Rajapaksa disagreed, saying "a vote should have been taken. Such important motions should not be passed by a voice vote." He added that Jayasuriya has no power to remove or appoint the prime minister and Cabinet members. (Image: AP)

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 Rajapaksa also called for fresh elections, suggesting that it was the best way to resolve the crisis. (Image: AP)

Rajapaksa also called for fresh elections, suggesting that it was the best way to resolve the crisis. (Image: AP)

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 Brawl erupted after the opposition asked for a vote on Rajapaksa's statement, with lawmakers supporting him gathering in the middle of the house while some ran toward the speaker shouting slogans condemning his behavior. (Image: AP)

Brawl erupted after the opposition asked for a vote on Rajapaksa's statement, with lawmakers supporting him gathering in the middle of the house while some ran toward the speaker shouting slogans condemning his behavior. (Image: AP)

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 Udaya Padmashantha, member of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) that supports Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, is stopped from grabbing a mace after a no-confidence vote in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: AP)

Udaya Padmashantha, member of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) that supports Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, is stopped from grabbing a mace after a no-confidence vote in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: AP)

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