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Sri Lankan parliament adjourned until Dec 18

Sri Lanka's parliament was adjourned today until December 18 by the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. 

The country has been in a state of political turmoil since October when the president sacked the prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa. 

Prior to the adjournament, the UNP member Sajith Premadasa tabled a motion of confidence in the UNP leader, Wickremesinghe. 

The motion comes amid calls for Sajith to put himself forward as a contender for the leadership of the party.