Opposition parties in crisis-wracked Sri Lanka are "cautiously optimistic" about winning enough votes to oust the government appointed of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Leader of the Opposition, Sajith Premadasa, told CNBC. "I'm cautiously optimistic that we will obtain the numbers. It all depends on our power to persuade," said Premadasa, who heads the Samagi Jana Balawegaya, the country's main opposition party. The opposition plans to bring a no-confidence motion against the government, and needs a simple majority of 113 legislators in the 225-seat house to succeed. Premadasa's party holds 54 seats in parliament, and some other parties have said they will lend support to the vote. Crucial to the move will be support from the 42 ruling party MPs who have formed an independent bloc and have not so far joined the opposition, according to opposition lawmaker Harsha de Silva. This economic catastrophe is manmade, engineered by the president. The country is united on changing the presidency, changing family politics. Sajith Premadasa Leader of the Opposition, Sri Lanka Parliament Asked if the president would respect the verdict of a no-confidence vote going against him, Premadasa said he wasn't sure. "Time has run out for our country, time has run out for this government. But it continues to ignore the wishes of the people. That is very, very dangerous. That is a very imprudent act," he said. The Sri Lankan High Commission in Singapore did not respond to CNBC's request for a comment on those remarks. . . . read the full article here.
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DATE: 1948, Monday, months, Tuesday, Last week, this week, this year
NORP: Sri Lankan, South Asian
MONEY: $7 billion, $35 billion
CARDINAL: 42, 54, 113, 225, one, three, a dozen