The refusal of Sri Lankan president Sirisena to reinstate sacked Prime Minister Ranil has deepened the political crisis in the country. Sri Lankan president made it clear that even if the Ranil proved his majority in the parliament, he will not restore him as Prime minister. This statement dashed all the hopes to end the political crises in Sri Lanka in the near future.
It seems that political impasse could drag on to longer period as both sides stick to their positions. The president said that “i will not appoint Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister in my lifetime. Even if they have a majority, I have told them not to propose him as I won’t appoint him as prime minister.”
He said he replaced Wickremesinghe with pro-China former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa because of policy differences and a sharp rise in corruption. The president Sirisena said he planned to appoint a commission to investigate corruption and malpractice “under Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s government.”
A former cabinet spokesman under sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Rajitha Seneratne said Sirisena should be ashamed to make these allegations because he was the head of the cabinet under the Prime Minister Wickremesinghe. “Why didn’t he say this over all those last few years and investigate?” said spokesman to Reuters.
The former minister Sagala Ratnayaka, under Ranil Wickremesinghe, said: “If President Sirisena’s wild allegations continue, I will be forced to divulge details on who interfered, when, where and how.”
Sri Lanka is without a functional government since October 26 when president Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Ranil and appointed former president and strongman Rajapaksa. Both prime ministers are claiming to be the legitimate prime minister. The state bureaucracy has caught up between rival political camps and find it difficult to work in a polarised and hostile political environment.
The government of Rajapaksa refused to resign even after twice lost vote of confidence. Sri Lankan parliament twice passed vote of no confidence against Rajapaksa. But president Sirisena has refused to accept the outcome of the votes saying proper parliamentary procedure has not been followed.
Sirisena dissolved parliament and ordered elections to break the deadlock, but the Supreme Court ordered a suspension of that decree earlier this month, as it hears petitions challenging the move as unconstitutional. Now both sides are looking towards Supreme Court who expects to announce a verdict on this issue on December 7.
The political experts and commentators are hoping that now Supreme Court is the only hope and platform to end this political crisis. They are hoping that supreme Court can end the crisis with upheld the president’s decision to dissolve the parliament and to hold the fresh elections. If the Supreme Court declares the presidential order unconstitutional restored the parliament then the crisis will linger on.
According to the island nation’s constitution, the president has the power to appoint a prime minister who he thinks can command the parliament majority. It was not immediately clear how Sirisena could reject Wickremesinghe if he has the majority.
The nomination of another legislature from the Ranil’s party could solve this crisis. Because one thing is crystal clear that president Sirisena will not accept Ranil as PM and work with him. He is ready to work with any other leader of Ranil’s party. It has become clear that this crisis is the result of personality clash between president Sirisena and Ranil.
Sri Lankan people are continued to suffer because of power struggle and personality clash. The economy is suffering heavily as the result of this power struggle.
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18 August, 2019