Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena invited the rival political factions for a discussion to end the three week long political and constitutional crises in the country. President Sirisena will chair a meeting of representatives of political parties in parliament today. The president has called this meeting in order to end the current political unrest and conflict situation and to allow the normal functioning of the parliament,“said the president office.
The interesting fact is that it was the president who triggered this power struggle on October 26. The crisis begun when the president Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointed former president Rajapaksa as new prime minister. His move to remove the Prime Minister Ranil developed this crisis. The political experts are viewing the ongoing political and constitutional crises as the result of personality clash between President Sirisena and Ranil.
The Sri Lanka has two prime ministers since 26 October as both Rajapaksa and Ranil are claiming to be the legitimate prime minister of the Indian Ocean Island nation. The government has been paralysed since then. Ranil Wickremesinghe insists that he is still prime minister while parliament voted twice last week to reject Rajapaksa as prime minister.
The president took the initiative after Brawl erupted in parliament with Rajapaksa loyalists smashing furniture, throwing chili powder and projectiles at rivals in a bid to disrupt a no-confidence motion against the disputed prime minister.
The Sri Lankan parliament passed the second vote of no confidence against Rajapaksa on Friday and once again rejected him as prime minister. It has become clear that Ranil has the comfortable majority in the parliament. Ranil has demanded that the president Sirisena should officially restore him as prime minister.
But parliament speaker Karu jayasuria refused to accept neither of them as prime minister. There is no government in Sri Lanka. Everything is paralysed in the country. The economy is taking the beat and key sectors are suffering. President Sirisena dissolved parliament on November 9, but the Supreme Court suspended his action and restored parliament pending a full hearing into the legality of his actions.
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17 November, 2019