Sri Lanka’s ousted PM accuses rival Rajapaksa of bribery

Cheryl Sanders
November 5, 2018

"Therefore, I am requested by the majority of the parliament to accept the position which was prior to these changes". Sirisena replaced Prime Minister Wickremesinghe for Rajapaksa last Friday, and suspended the Parliament after Wickremesinghe sought an emergency session to prove his majority in the legislature.

He said Sirisena's coalition tried to establish a dictatorship but failed.

His office earlier clarified that he didn't accuse India's Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) of being behind it, but interestingly enough, Rajapaksa previously blamed that foreign intelligence agency of being behind his narrow electoral defeat in January 2015, which suggests a history of Indian meddling in Sri Lanka's internal affairs.

As per section 42 (4) the Constitution of Sri Lanka, President can appoint a person who according to his belief can win the confidence of the House of Representatives as the Prime Minister.

As you are aware there was a conspiracy to kill the elected President of Sri Lanka and the investigations are being conducted by the Criminal Investigation Division of the Sri Lanka Police.

Sri Lanka is in a constitutional crisis, torn between two leaders, both of whom claim to be its legitimate prime minister. One out of 16 Tamil MPs also joined Rajapaksa.

Wickremesinghe's United National Party (UNP) risks losing legislators to Rajapakse's camp as the days drag by. Rajapaksa's return could increase China's clout in Sri Lanka. While India has enjoyed the status of being Sri Lanka's main economic partner for most part of its independent history and shares strong cultural and historical bonds, China is fast catching up and even overtook New Delhi as Colombo's largest trading partner in 2017.

The United States has also called on the president to reconvene parliament. He argued that he can not be legally removed from office until he loses the support from Parliament, and asked for a vote as evidence to prove he had majority support. But the president's spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said he did still does not expect parliament to open before November 16.

He made the decision a day after meeting with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, who had warned of possible violence if lawmakers were not summoned immediately.

Wickremesinghe says his dismissal is unconstitutional. Parliament will be reconvened on the 5th of November.

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