Sri Lanka’s Parliament witnessed chaos for the second day on Friday as MPs loyal to disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa occupied the seat of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and shouted slogans, forcing him to summon police inside the House and adjourning the session until Monday.
The brawl occurred a day after the Speaker announced there is no prime minister or government following a no-confidence motion against Mr. Rajapaksa.
Friday’s proceedings were to repeat the floor test, which was disrupted on Thursday.
President Maithripala Sirisena, who installed Mr. Rajapaksa as prime minister last month in a controversial move, had agreed for a floor test with the leaders of ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s coalition during crisis talks last night.
Rajapaksa’s MPs take over Speaker seat
The MPs supporting Mr. Rajapaksa took over the seat of the Speaker, delaying the proceedings, officials said. They shouted slogans against Mr. Jayasuriya.