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The ASEAN meetings focus on enhanced trade and security in a region of more than 630 million people. They wrapped up Thursday with leaders saying they made progress on such issues as cybersecurity, e-commerce and a free trade pact whose final draft was pushed back to next year after more than six years of negotiations.
The scuffle in the Si Lanka parliament came a day after it passed a no-confidence vote against Rajapaksa's government. When parliament re-convened, speaker Karu Jayasuriya said the country had no government and there was no prime minister -- either Rajapaksa or his rival whose ousting in late October by the president started the crisis.
The island nation has been in crisis since the president sacked PM Ranil Wickremesinghe on October 26 and replaced him with Rajapaksa, who served as president until being voted out three years ago. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court overruled the president’s dissolution of parliament and halted preparations for a snap election.
Deputies from Rajapaksa’s party rejected the voice vote as illegal, saying it wasn’t scheduled and that the pro-China former strongman would remain in office. It wasn’t immediately clear what President Maithripala Sirisena, who triggered the crisis by firing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and naming Rajapaksa to the job last month, would do now.
Sri Lanka's parliament passed a motion of no-confidence in the controversially-appointed government of Mahinda Rajapaksa Wednesday. The result does not automatically mean that Wickremesinghe, whose party is the biggest in parliament, has won the constitutional showdown. President Maithripala Sirisena retains the power to choose the next prime minister.
The United States has lost more than 2,400 soldiers in its longest war, and has spent more than $900 billion on everything from military operations to the construction of roads, bridges and power plants. Three US presidents have pledged to bring peace to Afghanistan, either by adding or withdrawing troops, by engaging the Taliban or shunning them. Last year, the US dropped the "mother of all bombs" on a cave complex.
Three-judge bench, headed by the Chief Justice Nalin Perera, read out the decision to a packed court guarded by hundreds of heavily armed police and commandos. The court suspended a proclamation issued by Sirisena that sacked the govt. The ruling means parliament could go ahead with a vote to test if Sirisena's nominee is able to summon a majority in the 225-member assembly.