- Tag results for Mahinda Rajapaksa
The TNA said it stands solidly behind ousted premier Ranil Wickremesinghe who still claims he is the lawful prime minister.
Removing detective Nishantha Silva was seen as the latest move in the ongoing political crisis as President Maithripala Sirisena forged a new alliance with Rajapaksa.
Many countries, including India and the United States, are closely watching the developments in the island nation, and have called on the Sirisena government to act as per the Constitution.
While the speaker was about to take a vote on fresh elections prompted by PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, supporters of the PM surrounded the speaker.
In a noisy session, attended by diplomats from various nations, including US Ambassador in Sri Lanka Alaina B Teplitz, Rajapaksa and his allies stormed out after attempts to disrupt proceedings failed
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya ruled that a majority of the 225-member assembly supported the motion against Rajapakse who was made prime minister on October 26 in place of Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Sirisena on October 9 dissolved parliament and announced snap polls on January 5 next year after it became evident that he did not have enough support in the House to prove the premiership of Rajapaks
Along with the Rajapaksa father-son duo, former parliamentarians representing the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) also joined SLPP, according to Colombo Page.
Sirisena Friday dissolved Parliament and announced snap polls on January 5 after it became evident that he did not have enough support in the House for Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
President Maithripala Sirisena had earlier claimed at a public rally that he has the support of 113 parliamentarians in the 225-member House to prove the premiership of Rajapaksa.
The move is aimed at persuading the legislators in Sri Lanka's main Tamil party - Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to support Rajapaksa in his bid to prove majority in the parliament.
Mahinda Rajapaksa claims he has enough numbers to prove his majority and at least six of ousted premier Ranil Wickremasinghe's men have defected to his side.
President Sirisena replaced Wickremesinghe with former president Mahinda Rajapaksa in a dramatic turn of events last Friday.
Rajapaksa assumed the duties in the prime minister's secretariat which was not used by the ousted prime minister Wickremesinghe.
Maithripala Sirisena on Friday night sacked Wickremesinghe and appointed former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new prime minister.