Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena suspends parliament

Sri Lanka, Oct 27: Amid political crisis, Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday suspended the parliament. 

The next Parliament session is scheduled to begin on November 16, the Daily Mirror reported citing the Speaker’s office.

“The President has prorogued the Parliament with effect from 12 noon on Saturday,” Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne told media.

The development took place after Wickremesinghe, who says he is still the Prime Minister, requested the Speaker to convene Parliament on Sunday to prove he still retained his parliamentary majority.

“I urge to convene Parliament without leading the country into chaos. It is not necessary to create crisis in the country. Let the Parliament decide who should be the Prime Minister,” he said.

Sri Lankan Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera and State Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Harsha de Silva dubbed Sirisena’s move as illegal and in violation of the Constitution, the Island reported.

The political tussle triggered after Sirisena removed Wickremesinghe and appointed Rajapaksa as the new Prime Minister last night.

Rajapaksa took the oath in the presence of the President shortly after the Sirisena-led United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) withdrew from the national coalition government.

The alliance government consisted of the UPFA and the United National Party (UNP) led by Wickremesinghe.


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