Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Stalemate in Sri Lanka

Stalemate in Sri Lanka

President Maithripala Sirisena fired Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister and named Rajapaksa in a surprise move last week that has drawn criticism from political parties and the worldwide community.

Rajapaksa's party dismissed the allegation.

The Tamil party's 15 votes could give Wickremesinghe's camp a decisive edge over Rajapaksa.

The Sri Lankan political crisis is therefore much more geopolitically pertinent than many might think. The IDU also demands that the Parliament of Sri Lanka be reconvened to allow the democratically elected representatives of the Sri Lankan people to perform their duties.

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Sri Lanka's Parliament Speaker, Karu Jayasuriya, on Sunday informed President Maithripala Sirisena that his decision to suspend parliament till November 16 will have "serious and undesirable consequences" for the island country.

The president suspended parliament for 20 days until November 16 after sacking Wickremesinghe, in a move to put off a parliamentary vote that would have gone against his choice for prime minister.

S Vilenthiriyan, one of the TNA legislators from the eastern province, has extended his support to Rajapaksa. The former Prime Minister, Mr D. M.Jayaratne left the office accepting the constitutional stand of the President.

Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, Tamil national Alliance (TNA) has chose to support the no-confidence motion brought by the United National party against new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. He is credited with ending a 25-year civil war.

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Wickremesinghe said in an interview with the AP that there is credible evidence that Rajapaksa's party is attempting to buy support in Parliament. President addressing the nation, recently, said the plot to assassinate him had prompted him to appoint former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the PM and confirmed the involvement of a Cabinet Minister too in this plot.

The billions China loaned Sri Lanka to develop the port and airport - a sign of Rajapaksa's pro-China leanings has India anxious.

Parliament speaker Karu Jayasuriya has called a meeting for next Wednesday. After having declared as Prime Minister a Member who does not command the confidence of Parliament, this had been done in order to create delay and prevent such Member from having to prove a majority in Parliament.

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