The United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives has expressed concern over the failed motion to oust Speaker of Parliament Abdulla Maseeh.
In a statement, the Embassy said they were concerned over "irregularities that impeded a free and fair election" on Monday.
It said: "We call on the Government to restore faith in democratic processes by ensuring free and impartial proceedings in Parliament, free and fair local elections, and basic freedoms of press, assembly, and speech."
On Monday, tensions erupted as parliament took a roll call vote on the no-confidence motion against Speaker Maseeh. Only the pro-government MPs were present during voting, after the military was used to remove protesting opposition MPs from the chamber.
The motion failed to pass as all the present 48 MPs voted against it.
Opposition MPs have rejected the result and vowed to resubmit the no-confidence motion.