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ruwan326

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Giant pro-democracy rally in Sri Lanka capital

Oct 30, 2018 17:40 PM GMT+0530 | 0 Comment(s)

Giant pro-democracy rally in Sri Lanka capital Pro-democracy_lg


AFP - Tens of thousands of supporters of sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe blocked roads in Sri Lanka's capital on Tuesday, stepping up a showdown with the country's newly appointed leader -- a former strongman accused of grave rights abuses.

Wickremesinghe left his official residence for the first time since Friday to condemn President Maithripala Sirisena for dismissing him and appointing Mahinda Rajapakse, a former president accused of human rights violations and corruption.

Wickremesinghe's party said about 100,000 people flooded the streets, while police sources estimated 25,000 even as scores of buses brought more demonstrators to the biggest rally since the constitutional crisis erupted.

The army of followers chanted "Down With the Rogue PM" as they targeted Rajapakse, who Sirisena has brought back into frontline politics as his prime minister.

Effigies of Sirisena were torn up in a symbolic protest against the president, who has faced international calls to end a suspension of parliament so it can hold a vote on the rival prime ministers.

"We are against the sacking, the people did not vote for Sirisena to act in this manner," Wickremesinghe told supporters from a makeshift stage. "We will resist what the president has done."

Parliament speaker Karu Jayasuriya has warned that the crisis could lead to a "bloodbath" on the streets if the assembly does not hold a vote.

But the rally remained peaceful, watched by more than 2,600 police and special task force commandos.

Behind the scenes, the rivals battled to tempt lawmakers from opposing sides to bolster their numbers if a vote is held.

Rajapakse, 72, gave four legislators from Wickremesinghe's party ministerial portfolios in his cabinet after persuading them to defect on Monday.

Wickremesinghe has in turn convinced two lawmakers from Sirisena's camp to join his United National Party.

Following the defections, Wickremesinghe has 105 MPs in the 225-seat chamber while Rajapakse and Sirisena together have 98.

A majority of the 22 remaining MPs are expected to back Wickremesinghe in any vote but the horse-trading is sure to intensify, observers said.

A deputy minister in Wickremesinghe's administration, Ranjan Ramanayake, accused China of paying for Rajapakse -- who favoured a pro-Beijing policy during his decade-long tenure as president -- to buy legislators.

"I am telling China not to spend their millions to buy MPs in Sri Lanka. They want to buy the country wholesale," he said. - CHINA DENIES INTERFERENCE -


The Chinese embassy in Colombo denied the claims in a statement to AFP.

"Recent allegations about China by MP Ranjan Ramanayake are groundless and irresponsible," the statement said, adding that Beijing follows "the principle of non-interference in other country's internal affairs."

With Sirisena showing no sign of lifting the parliamentary suspension which runs until November 16, Wickremesinghe's finance minister Mangala Samaraweera said the president was trying to buy time to secure votes for Rajapakse.

Speaker Jayasuriya followed up his "bloodbath" warning by officially calling on Sirisena to recall parliament or risk unrest.

"If you do not, we will not be able to stop people taking alternate action to protect their democratic rights," Jayasuriya said in the letter seen by AFP.

Tensions have been heightened by the killing of one activist in the capital on Sunday.

The army has insisted however that it will let politicians solve the crisis.

Sri Lanka's army chief Mahesh Senanayake told AFP the military expected politicians to "constitutionally and legally" end the dispute.

"The army will not get involved," he said, responding to queries on the role of security forces as the constitutional crisis drags on.

"The police are responsible for maintaining law and order and only if they require our assistance, we will help."

Sirisena appointed a 12-member cabinet late Monday, giving the powerful finance portfolio to Rajapakse. Aides said the cabinet would be expanded to 30 members on Tuesday.

Rajapakse -- whose rule was marked by allegations of rights abuses and authoritarianism -- said Monday he was given the job because his predecessor's party "engaged in a quest to sell off valuable state assets and enterprises to foreign companies".

"I was aware that at this moment of national peril, the people expected our leadership and protection," Rajapakse said. "Hence, I accepted the invitation."
https://economynext.com/Giant_pro_de...l-3-12396.html

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It is reported that the majority had come there with the demand for Ranil to step down and hand over the party leadership to Sajith. There had been placards demanding same and Govt is considering to increase Ranil's security in order to safe guard him from Sajith's supporters who were seen vociferously demanding him to step down.


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@samaritan wrote:It is reported that the majority had come there with the demand for Ranil to step down and hand over the party leadership to Sajith. There had been placards demanding same and Govt is considering to increase Ranil's security in order to safe guard him from Sajith's supporters who were seen vociferously demanding him to step down.

Yup, end of the day Ranil need to step down as UNP leader ship Wink, not sure as PM ... 16 Nov we can find out.

Good to see a strong opposition who can force the government in the right path............

DS Wijesinghe


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@ruwan326 wrote:Giant pro-democracy rally in Sri Lanka capital

Oct 30, 2018 17:40 PM GMT+0530 | 0 Comment(s)

Giant pro-democracy rally in Sri Lanka capital Pro-democracy_lg


AFP - Tens of thousands of supporters of sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe blocked roads in Sri Lanka's capital on Tuesday, stepping up a showdown with the country's newly appointed leader -- a former strongman accused of grave rights abuses.

Wickremesinghe left his official residence for the first time since Friday to condemn President Maithripala Sirisena for dismissing him and appointing Mahinda Rajapakse, a former president accused of human rights violations and corruption.

Wickremesinghe's party said about 100,000 people flooded the streets, while police sources estimated 25,000 even as scores of buses brought more demonstrators to the biggest rally since the constitutional crisis erupted.

The army of followers chanted "Down With the Rogue PM" as they targeted Rajapakse, who Sirisena has brought back into frontline politics as his prime minister.

Effigies of Sirisena were torn up in a symbolic protest against the president, who has faced international calls to end a suspension of parliament so it can hold a vote on the rival prime ministers.

"We are against the sacking, the people did not vote for Sirisena to act in this manner," Wickremesinghe told supporters from a makeshift stage. "We will resist what the president has done."

Parliament speaker Karu Jayasuriya has warned that the crisis could lead to a "bloodbath" on the streets if the assembly does not hold a vote.

But the rally remained peaceful, watched by more than 2,600 police and special task force commandos.

Behind the scenes, the rivals battled to tempt lawmakers from opposing sides to bolster their numbers if a vote is held.

Rajapakse, 72, gave four legislators from Wickremesinghe's party ministerial portfolios in his cabinet after persuading them to defect on Monday.

Wickremesinghe has in turn convinced two lawmakers from Sirisena's camp to join his United National Party.

Following the defections, Wickremesinghe has 105 MPs in the 225-seat chamber while Rajapakse and Sirisena together have 98.

A majority of the 22 remaining MPs are expected to back Wickremesinghe in any vote but the horse-trading is sure to intensify, observers said.

A deputy minister in Wickremesinghe's administration, Ranjan Ramanayake, accused China of paying for Rajapakse -- who favoured a pro-Beijing policy during his decade-long tenure as president -- to buy legislators.

"I am telling China not to spend their millions to buy MPs in Sri Lanka. They want to buy the country wholesale," he said. - CHINA DENIES INTERFERENCE -


The Chinese embassy in Colombo denied the claims in a statement to AFP.

"Recent allegations about China by MP Ranjan Ramanayake are groundless and irresponsible," the statement said, adding that Beijing follows "the principle of non-interference in other country's internal affairs."

With Sirisena showing no sign of lifting the parliamentary suspension which runs until November 16, Wickremesinghe's finance minister Mangala Samaraweera said the president was trying to buy time to secure votes for Rajapakse.

Speaker Jayasuriya followed up his "bloodbath" warning by officially calling on Sirisena to recall parliament or risk unrest.

"If you do not, we will not be able to stop people taking alternate action to protect their democratic rights," Jayasuriya said in the letter seen by AFP.

Tensions have been heightened by the killing of one activist in the capital on Sunday.

The army has insisted however that it will let politicians solve the crisis.

Sri Lanka's army chief Mahesh Senanayake told AFP the military expected politicians to "constitutionally and legally" end the dispute.

"The army will not get involved," he said, responding to queries on the role of security forces as the constitutional crisis drags on.


"The police are responsible for maintaining law and order and only if they require our assistance, we will help."

Sirisena appointed a 12-member cabinet late Monday, giving the powerful finance portfolio to Rajapakse. Aides said the cabinet would be expanded to 30 members on Tuesday.

Rajapakse -- whose rule was marked by allegations of rights abuses and authoritarianism -- said Monday he was given the job because his predecessor's party "engaged in a quest to sell off valuable state assets and enterprises to foreign companies".

"I was aware that at this moment of national peril, the people expected our leadership and protection," Rajapakse said. "Hence, I accepted the invitation."
https://economynext.com/Giant_pro_de...l-3-12396.html
Sri Lanka's AFP correspondent is a shameless Sri Lankan journalist.  



1. He says former strong man, MR is accused of corruption and rights abuses. That's true. But What about Ranil Wickramasinghe? Isn't he also accused of massive corruption charges, in a scale that has threatened to de-stabilise SL economy? Isn't he accused of anti-democratically deliberately postponing local elections for years for fear of loosing them and loosing his face amongst the international community? Isn't RW accused of human rights abuses and violations during 87-90 JVP insurrection?  AFP correspondent should first read the definition of Democracy in the Oxford and Cambridge dictionaries.



2. He is trying to drag Army in to the political drama and trying to give ideas to Army top brass that they should intervene and take over as a military leader. If that happens then thereafter he can become more famous and draw even a bigger salary, which is in US Dollars, from his foreign employer.

ruwan326

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Senior Vice President - Equity Analytics
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When I saw this post I had the same feeling DS,

https://economynext.com/Army_to_stay_away_from_Sri_Lanka_political_crisis-3-12397-10.html

The post i put have 2 important facts.

1-we saw how sri lankan politicians fool us for power and how extreme they go. 

2- we really need a strong opposition party. So the party in power go in the right path. we might see a leadership change soon in UNP.

Finally, we have to act cautiously in CSE till the political crisis over Wink 

  
Do not get caught on political shares-JKH/BFN/KAPI etc
Sell with minimum lost or little profit
This is the time to keep cash in the portfolio
If you are a day trader many opportunities will come
16th Nov hopefully everything goes well for Sri lankans and CSE traders lol!

soileconomy

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Title of the topic ????they should have gathered before this if they are really sorry about democracy.for not holding elections.

ruwan326

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@soileconomy wrote:Title of the topic ????they should have gathered before this if they are really sorry about democracy.for not holding elections.
"Giant pro-democracy rally in UNP for leadership" 
should be the correct title Very Happy Very Happy

Truth is UNP badly need a leadership change Wink they use the current opportunity

samaritan


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@ruwan326 wrote:
@soileconomy wrote:Title of the topic ????they should have gathered before this if they are really sorry about democracy.for not holding elections.
"Giant pro-democracy rally in UNP for leadership" 
should be the correct title :D :D

Truth is UNP badly need a leadership change ;) they use the current opportunity
Wonder why UNP did not choose Galle Face as the venue to protest????????
May be Mujibur's Aluthkade & Slave Island crowd would have been insignificant to show a large gathering!


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ruwan326

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@samaritan wrote:
@ruwan326 wrote:
@soileconomy wrote:Title of the topic ????they should have gathered before this if they are really sorry about democracy.for not holding elections.
"Giant pro-democracy rally in UNP for leadership" 
should be the correct title Very Happy Very Happy

Truth is UNP badly need a leadership change Wink they use the current opportunity
Wonder why UNP did not choose Galle Face as the venue to protest????????
May be Mujibur's Aluthkade & Slave Island crowd would have been insignificant to show a large gathering!
Last thing we need butterflies  Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

Yahapalanaya

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[size=33]nternational community continues to recognise Ranil as legitimate PM – Sir Hugo Swire[/size]
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Posted on October 31, 2018 | Lead Story, PoliticsGiant pro-democracy rally in Sri Lanka capital Hugo

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire greets Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, at Lancaster House for the international anti-corruption summit on May 12, 2016 in London, England. Leaders from many of the worlds nations are gathering in London for the summit, which is aimed at stepping up action to tackle the problem of corruption. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)


October 31, 2018 (LBO) – Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom Jeremy Hunt has indicated that he will speak to President Maithripala Sirisena and communicate to him that the international community continues to recognise Ranil Wickremesinghe as the legitimate Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
He will also request that Parliament be recalled as a matter of urgency.
Assurances to raise these issues with Sirisena were given as an answer to questions by Sir Hugo Swire in the House of Commons. Swire is known to both Ranil Wickremesinghe and President Sirisena.

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@Yahapalanaya wrote:
October 31, 2018 (LBO) – Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom Jeremy Hunt has indicated that he will speak to President Maithripala Sirisena and communicate to him that the international community continues to recognise Ranil Wickremesinghe as the legitimate Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
He will also request that Parliament be recalled as a matter of urgency.
Assurances to raise these issues with Sirisena were given as an answer to questions by Sir Hugo Swire in the House of Commons. Swire is known to both Ranil Wickremesinghe and President Sirisena.


Britain does not have a written constitution. We do have a written constitution and President Sirisena prorogued parliament in accordance with the powers vested with him in the constitution.
President has clearly explained that to the Diplomatic community at a meeting summoned by him yesterday.   
This is not the first time that the parliament had been prorogued by an incumbent President and that too in order to prepare and present the vote on account as explained by Dr.Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe. The majority of the people of Sri Lanka are willing to swear and tell that to Mr.Swire.


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@samaritan wrote:
@Yahapalanaya wrote:
October 31, 2018 (LBO) – Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom Jeremy Hunt has indicated that he will speak to President Maithripala Sirisena and communicate to him that the international community continues to recognise Ranil Wickremesinghe as the legitimate Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
He will also request that Parliament be recalled as a matter of urgency.
Assurances to raise these issues with Sirisena were given as an answer to questions by Sir Hugo Swire in the House of Commons. Swire is known to both Ranil Wickremesinghe and President Sirisena.


Britain does not have a written constitution. We do have a written constitution and President Sirisena prorogued parliament in accordance with the powers vested with him in the constitution.
President has clearly explained that to the Diplomatic community at a meeting summoned by him yesterday.   
This is not the first time that the parliament had been prorogued by an incumbent President and that too in order to prepare and present the vote on account as explained by Dr.Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe. The majority of the people of Sri Lanka are willing to swear and tell that to Mr.Swire.
No foriegn countries even India accepted Mahinda as PM.There will be ban for foreign visit to rajapaksa or his illegitimate cabinet members.Gota and Basil may loose their properties in US.$ =162rs.International community is not like uneducated medamulana people.Already rajapaksa has criminal records and with this coup against democratic government he would directly go to Hague.Already one person dead while attacking former minister Arjuna. IC is not modayo.Wait and see the result. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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Fortunately the UNP govt had not archived the constitution like the bond commission report which cannot be accessed for 30 years.Giant pro-democracy rally in Sri Lanka capital Icon_biggrin


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@Yahapalanaya wrote:
@samaritan wrote:
@Yahapalanaya wrote:
October 31, 2018 (LBO) – Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom Jeremy Hunt has indicated that he will speak to President Maithripala Sirisena and communicate to him that the international community continues to recognise Ranil Wickremesinghe as the legitimate Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
He will also request that Parliament be recalled as a matter of urgency.
Assurances to raise these issues with Sirisena were given as an answer to questions by Sir Hugo Swire in the House of Commons. Swire is known to both Ranil Wickremesinghe and President Sirisena.


Britain does not have a written constitution. We do have a written constitution and President Sirisena prorogued parliament in accordance with the powers vested with him in the constitution.
President has clearly explained that to the Diplomatic community at a meeting summoned by him yesterday.   
This is not the first time that the parliament had been prorogued by an incumbent President and that too in order to prepare and present the vote on account as explained by Dr.Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe. The majority of the people of Sri Lanka are willing to swear and tell that to Mr.Swire.
No foriegn countries even India accepted Mahinda as PM.There will be ban for foreign visit to rajapaksa or his illegitimate cabinet members.Gota and Basil may loose their properties in US.$ =162rs.International community is not like uneducated medamulana people.Already rajapaksa has criminal records and with this coup against democratic government he would directly go to Hague.Already one person dead while attacking former minister Arjuna. IC is not modayo.Wait and see the result. :D :D :D
Ask RW to go to Sri Lanka's supreme court before going to Hague. Wait & see finally a major refurbishment has to be carried out to temple trees by the new Govt, an additional burden on tax payers.


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@samaritan wrote:
@Yahapalanaya wrote:
@samaritan wrote:
@Yahapalanaya wrote:
October 31, 2018 (LBO) – Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom Jeremy Hunt has indicated that he will speak to President Maithripala Sirisena and communicate to him that the international community continues to recognise Ranil Wickremesinghe as the legitimate Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
He will also request that Parliament be recalled as a matter of urgency.
Assurances to raise these issues with Sirisena were given as an answer to questions by Sir Hugo Swire in the House of Commons. Swire is known to both Ranil Wickremesinghe and President Sirisena.


Britain does not have a written constitution. We do have a written constitution and President Sirisena prorogued parliament in accordance with the powers vested with him in the constitution.
President has clearly explained that to the Diplomatic community at a meeting summoned by him yesterday.   
This is not the first time that the parliament had been prorogued by an incumbent President and that too in order to prepare and present the vote on account as explained by Dr.Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe. The majority of the people of Sri Lanka are willing to swear and tell that to Mr.Swire.
No foriegn countries even India accepted Mahinda as PM.There will be ban for foreign visit to rajapaksa or his illegitimate cabinet members.Gota and Basil may loose their properties in US.$ =162rs.International community is not like uneducated medamulana people.Already rajapaksa has criminal records and with this coup against democratic government he would directly go to Hague.Already one person dead while attacking former minister Arjuna. IC is not modayo.Wait and see the result. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
Ask RW to go to Sri Lanka's supreme court before going to Hague. Wait & see finally a major refurbishment has to be carried out to temple trees by the new Govt, an additional burden on tax payers.
Let them go to elected parliament which has more people power.You need not to go to Hague it would happen in due course. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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@Yahapalanaya wrote:
@samaritan wrote:
@Yahapalanaya wrote:
@samaritan wrote:
@Yahapalanaya wrote:
October 31, 2018 (LBO) – Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom Jeremy Hunt has indicated that he will speak to President Maithripala Sirisena and communicate to him that the international community continues to recognise Ranil Wickremesinghe as the legitimate Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
He will also request that Parliament be recalled as a matter of urgency.
Assurances to raise these issues with Sirisena were given as an answer to questions by Sir Hugo Swire in the House of Commons. Swire is known to both Ranil Wickremesinghe and President Sirisena.


Britain does not have a written constitution. We do have a written constitution and President Sirisena prorogued parliament in accordance with the powers vested with him in the constitution.
President has clearly explained that to the Diplomatic community at a meeting summoned by him yesterday.   
This is not the first time that the parliament had been prorogued by an incumbent President and that too in order to prepare and present the vote on account as explained by Dr.Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe. The majority of the people of Sri Lanka are willing to swear and tell that to Mr.Swire.
No foriegn countries even India accepted Mahinda as PM.There will be ban for foreign visit to rajapaksa or his illegitimate cabinet members.Gota and Basil may loose their properties in US.$ =162rs.International community is not like uneducated medamulana people.Already rajapaksa has criminal records and with this coup against democratic government he would directly go to Hague.Already one person dead while attacking former minister Arjuna. IC is not modayo.Wait and see the result. :D :D :D
Ask RW to go to Sri Lanka's supreme court before going to Hague. Wait & see finally a major refurbishment has to be carried out to temple trees by the new Govt, an additional burden on tax payers.
Let them go to elected parliament which has more people power.You need not to go to Hague it would happen in due course. :D :D :D
Your voice is heard and request granted. President has decided to convene Parliament on 5th of November.Giant pro-democracy rally in Sri Lanka capital Icon_biggrin


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@ruwan326 wrote:When I saw this post I had the same feeling DS,

https://economynext.com/Army_to_stay_away_from_Sri_Lanka_political_crisis-3-12397-10.html

The post i put have 2 important facts.

1-we saw how sri lankan politicians fool us for power and how extreme they go. 

2- we really need a strong opposition party. So the party in power go in the right path. we might see a leadership change soon in UNP.

Finally, we have to act cautiously in CSE till the political crisis over Wink 

  
Do not get caught on political shares-JKH/BFN/KAPI etc
Sell with minimum lost or little profit
This is the time to keep cash in the portfolio
If you are a day trader many opportunities will come
16th Nov hopefully everything goes well for Sri lankans and CSE traders lol!
Change in UNP leadership is long overdue. 


Ranil became UNP leader in 1994 as  UNP's entire top leadership was assassinated by LTTE. With the loss of strong leaders in the calibre of  Premadasa, Lalith Athulathmudali, Gamini Disanayake and Ranjan Wijeratne slowly and steadily UNP became weaker and weaker over the years, losing election after election. 


Now 24 years as UNP leader he has been unable to win a single Presidential election. 2 times in 2009 & 2015 he avoided Presidential election by fielding Common candidates as it was well known that he was not capable of wining. 



The golden opportunity to form a UNP govt was at the 2015 August elections with a weaker and comparatively low popular MR. But Ranil Wickramasinghe is such a weak leader he could not lead his UNP to a 113 seat victory even in Aug 2015 elections. He could not win a simple majority to form a govt of UNP


The only election he held after 2015 (long delayed) saw UNP getting only some 20% of votes. In Sri Lanka's history all local govt elections had been won by the governments in power. This is the 1st time ever a Sri Lankan govt in power has lost local govt elections, that too not marginally, but disastrously.


Do we need to predict whether Ranil Wickramasinghe could lead UNP to an election victory at any of the next elections to be held????

ruwan326

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Sri Lanka president lifts suspension of parliament

Nov 01, 2018 


ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena climbed down from his hard line stand and agreed to reopen parliament on Monday in a move that could lead to a vote to resolve the power struggle between two men claiming the premier post.

This follows close-door talks between Sirisena and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday. Jayasuriya mounted pressure on Sirisena after the Attorney General refused to endorse Sirisena’s sacking of Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The president informed his decision to recall parliament on November 5 while the man he controversially made prime minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, also told university academics that Sirisena told him of the latest development.

Rajapaksa maintains he has a majority in the 225-member assembly.

Wickremesinghe has refused to accept his sacking and remained in the premier's official residence and demanded that the legislature is recalled for him to prove his majority.

The stance of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Janatha Vimukti Peramuna (JVP) who together have 22 seats could be the king makers.

Both the JVP and the TNA have said they were against what they called the “unconstitutional” power grab. The TNA made it clear to Rajapaksa on Wednesday not to take their neutrality in parliament for granted.

The Speaker had warned that failure to recommence parliament to resolve a nearly week-long impasse could lead to bloodshed after one man was shot dead and two others were wounded in a confrontation  linked to the crisis. (COLOMBO, Nov 1, 2018)
https://economynext.com/Sri_Lanka_president_lifts_suspension_of_parliament-3-12431-10.html

Yahapalanaya

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@ruwan326 wrote:Sri Lanka president lifts suspension of parliament

Nov 01, 2018 




ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena climbed down from his hard line stand and agreed to reopen parliament on Monday in a move that could lead to a vote to resolve the power struggle between two men claiming the premier post.

This follows close-door talks between Sirisena and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday. Jayasuriya mounted pressure on Sirisena after the Attorney General refused to endorse Sirisena’s sacking of Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The president informed his decision to recall parliament on November 5 while the man he controversially made prime minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, also told university academics that Sirisena told him of the latest development.

Rajapaksa maintains he has a majority in the 225-member assembly.

Wickremesinghe has refused to accept his sacking and remained in the premier's official residence and demanded that the legislature is recalled for him to prove his majority.

The stance of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Janatha Vimukti Peramuna (JVP) who together have 22 seats could be the king makers.

Both the JVP and the TNA have said they were against what they called the “unconstitutional” power grab. The TNA made it clear to Rajapaksa on Wednesday not to take their neutrality in parliament for granted.

The Speaker had warned that failure to recommence parliament to resolve a nearly week-long impasse could lead to bloodshed after one man was shot dead and two others were wounded in a confrontation  linked to the crisis. (COLOMBO, Nov 1, 2018)
https://economynext.com/Sri_Lanka_president_lifts_suspension_of_parliament-3-12431-10.html
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