Sri Lanka parliament Speaker refuses to recognise Rajapaksa as PM

08 November, 2018, 10:04 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Sirisena has been Sri Lanka's president since 2015

People carrying placards with the pictures of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa shouted slogans denouncing the policies of the United National Party.

Critics say the suspension of Parliament was meant to give Rajapaksa time to gather enough support to survive a no-confidence vote when lawmakers reconvene November 14.

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Thousands of supporters of Rajapaksa headed for the capital on Monday to rally in support of his nomination as the prime minister.

TNA legislator Dharmalingam Sithadthan said the president had called the Tamil legislators to a meeting on Wednesday - the same day parliament was originally expected to reconvene.

The former strongman remains a popular if polarising figure in Sri Lanka politics.

On Sunday, Sirisena said parliament would be recalled on November 14.

Wickremesinghe has refused to vacate his official residence claiming he is the lawful prime minister while thousands of his supporters keep vigil.

"Until the new faction [of Rajapakse] is able to prove a majority in parliament, I will recognise the situation that prevailed prior to Oct 26", Jayasuriya said in his strongest statement yet on the crisis.

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Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has agreed to reconvene parliament today in the hopes of ending a constitutional crisis.

Mr Sirisena and Mr Rajapaksa arrived at the rally amid loud cheers. It means that the speaker still recognizes a Wickremesinghe-led Parliament.

"We have united to work for the people", Rajapakse said, referring to their previous rivalry when Sirisena defeated him for the presidency in 2015.

Manusha Nanayakkara, who was in Sirisena/Rajapaksa original list of 96 MPs, said in a letter to Sirisena Tuesday that in his opinion Wickremesinghe was still the legitimate prime minister as accepted by the parliamentary speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

Sirisena was supported by Wickremesinghe three years ago but the two men have gradually drifted apart, leading to Wickremesinghe's shock sacking last month.

Jayasuriya said he had made several requests for Parliament to be reconvened early in order to resolve the political crisis.

The UNP has handed over a motion of no trust against Rajapaksa.

The Prime Minister was addressing the "Rata Rakina Jana Mahimaya" public protest rally at the Parliament Junction, Battaramulla. Sirisena has also accused Wickremesinghe's government of not taking seriously an alleged assassination plot against him.

He resigned as the deputy minister of Labour and Foreign Employment to leave the Sirisena camp and join Wickremesinghe.

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