Australia is seriously concerned at reports that opportunity for a confidence vote will be denied when Sri Lanka’s Parliament reconvenes, Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Ambassador to the Maldives, Bryce Hutchesson said in a Tweet.
Representatives for the government state that only President’s statement will be given when Parliament convenes on November 14 and that as per convention nothing transpires after that speech.
Earlier Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Marise Payne issued a statement saying that ‘as a long standing friend, Australia is concerned by political developments in Sri Lanka.’
“It is important that issues be addressed expeditiously through Parliament and that democratic principles and freedoms are upheld. Australia urges all parties to respect the democratic will of the people of Sri Lanka, as exercised through their elected representatives. We encourage all parties to continue to resolve differences peacefully and refrain from confrontation and violence,” she said.