Ousted Sri Lanka prime minister seeks emergency parliament session

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Former Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says his sacking was illegal

CRISIS. The ousting of Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe leads to a constitutional crisis. Photo from Ranil Wickremesinghe Twitter

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Sacked Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Saturday, October 27, demanded the parliament speaker call an emergency session so he can prove his majority, officials said.

Wickremesinghe sent a letter to Karu Jayasuriya seeking a reconvening of the assembly which was only scheduled to meet on November 5 to debate the 2019 budget.

“The prime minister (Wickremesinghe) wants to show his majority in parliament,” an official from his office said as the country confronted mounting political turmoil.

Sri Lanka was plunged in a constitutional crisis after President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Wickremesinghe and gave the job to former strongman leader Mahinda Rajapakse who was sworn in on Friday night, October 26.

Wickremesinghe insisted that he had a majority in the 225-member legislature and his sacking was illegal.

Parliamentary sources said the speaker would have to decide if he recognises Rajapakse as the new premier following Wickremesinghe’s claim that he remained the constitutionally elected prime minister. – Rappler.com