Sri Lanka president rejects no-confidence on disputed PM

Lawmakers supporting disputed Prime Minister Rajapksa throw a chair towards police officers escorting the speaker inside parliament in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Pandemonium reigned in Sri Lanka's Parliament as lawmakers supporting Rajapaksa violently demonstrated in the house to prevent the proceedings from taking place on Friday, a day after a fierce brawl between rival legislators. They threw books and chairs at police who escorted Jayasuriya into the chamber and did not allow him to sit in the speaker's chair. Jayasuriya, using a microphone, adjourned the house until Monday. (AP Photo/Lahiru Harshana)
Disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa walks with other lawmakers inside parliament in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Pandemonium reigned in Sri Lanka's Parliament as lawmakers supporting Rajapaksa violently demonstrated in the house to prevent the proceedings from taking place on Friday, a day after a fierce brawl between rival legislators. They threw books and chairs at police who escorted Speaker Karu Jayasuriya into the chamber and did not allow him to sit in the speaker's chair. Jayasuriya, using a microphone, adjourned the house until Monday. (AP Photo/Lahiru Harshana)
Lawmakers supporting disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa hold placards and shout slogans against Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, as they occupy the speaker's seat inside parliament in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Pandemonium reigned in Sri Lanka's Parliament as lawmakers supporting Rajapaksa violently demonstrated in the house to prevent the proceedings from taking place on Friday, a day after a fierce brawl between rival legislators. They threw books and chairs at police who escorted Jayasuriya into the chamber and did not allow him to sit in the speaker's chair. Jayasuriya, using a microphone, adjourned the house until Monday. Placards read, from left to right, "Shame of you Karu", "we do not want Karu the cheater," "Murderer Palitha," "Arrest murderer Palitha," referring to a lawmaker supporting Wickremesinghe. (AP Photo/Lahiru Harshana)
Lawmakers supporting ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and policemen form a cordon around Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, in black robe, inside parliament in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Pandemonium reigned in Sri Lanka's Parliament as lawmakers supporting disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa violently demonstrated in the house to prevent the proceedings from taking place on Friday, a day after a fierce brawl between rival legislators. They threw books and chairs at police who escorted Jayasuriya into the chamber and did not allow him to sit in the speaker's chair. Jayasuriya, using a microphone, adjourned the house until Monday. (AP Photo/Lahiru Harshana)
Policemen escort Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, in black robe, inside parliament in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Pandemonium reigned in Sri Lanka's Parliament as lawmakers supporting disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa violently demonstrated in the house to prevent the proceedings from taking place on Friday, a day after a fierce brawl between rival legislators. They threw books and chairs at police who escorted Jayasuriya into the chamber and did not allow him to sit in the speaker's chair. Jayasuriya, using a microphone, adjourned the house until Monday. (AP Photo/Lahiru Harshana)
Arundika Fernando, a lawmaker supporting disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, takes the Speaker's chair as a sign of protest, as others shout slogans against Speaker Karu Jayasuriya inside parliament in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. Pandemonium reigned in Sri Lanka's Parliament as lawmakers supporting Rajapaksa violently demonstrated in the house to prevent the proceedings from taking place on Friday, a day after a fierce brawl between rival legislators. They threw books and chairs at police who escorted Jayasuriya into the chamber and did not allow him to sit in the speaker's chair. Jayasuriya, using a microphone, adjourned the house until Monday. (AP Photo/Lahiru Harshana)

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — A spokesman says Sri Lanka's president has refused to accept the no-confidence motion passed by parliament against the disputed prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Parliament on Friday passed the second no-confidence motion against Rajapaksa, who was appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena on Oct. 26 after Sirisena sacked former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Rajapaksa's appointment triggered a political crisis.

Parliament passed the first no-confidence motion on Wednesday but Sirisena and Rajapaksa refused to accept it.

Sirisena on Thursday asked the lawmakers opposing Rajapaksa to take up the no-confidence motion again.

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