Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in yesterday for the fifth time in his career after winning the power struggle against sitting president Sirisena and former president Rajapaksa. He won this battle with the support of parliament and superior judiciary. His return to power is a major setback for both president Sirisena and former president and strongman Rajapaksa.
His supporters are celebrating this victory and the defeat of the coup. This might end 51 days long political crisis in the island nation but tensions between president and prime minister are not going anywhere.
President Maithripala Sirisena, who fired Wickremesinghe in October, expressed doubt the two could work together. Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court ruled last week that Wickremesinghe’s ousting was unconstitutional, finally forcing his Sirisena-appointed replacement, former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa, to leave the position Saturday. Rajapaksa had lost two no-confidence votes in Parliament but predicted his party would soon return to power.
Speaking to the media, Deputy Leader of the UNP Sajith Premadasa said that hate cannot be overcome with more hate and that now personal problem and personal agendas must be put aside now. He continued to say that instead the problems of the 22 million people of the country should be put on to the top of the national agenda and that the fundamental rights of the people suffering from poverty should be granted.
Prime Minister Ranil vowed to restored normalcy and bringing about the development in the country. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the nation could be proud that the parliament and the Supreme Court carried out their duties in a legal manner.
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18 August, 2019