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Sri Lanka: Rajapaksa to step down?

Sirisena's decision has backfired and faced brutal criticism from the general public as well as the international community






(November 30, 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The de facto Prime Minister appointed is in a dialogue to step down as he repeatedly unable to secure the majority of the Parliament, informed sources told the Sri Lanka Guardian. However, the news is yet to be confirmed officially.

Rajapaksa has informed his decision to the sitting Prime Minister Wickremesinghe during the discussion held in the Parliament this morning.

“De facto Prime Minister Rajapaksa has asked sitting Prime Minister Wickremesinghe to take over the seat, but, he refuses by stating it is the President Sirisena who should re-appoint him as the de jure Prime Minister”, the source said.

However, President Sirisena reaffirmed that he will not re-appoint Mr Wickremesinghe as the de jure Prime Minister under his presidency even if he secured the majority in the Parliament.”

In a surprising move, the President Maitripala Sirisena has sacked the sitting Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and replaced former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa as his Prime Minister on October 26 this year. Since then two leaders tried their best to get the majority in the house but they failed.

Sirisena's decision has backfired and faced brutal criticism from the general public as well as the international community. Not a single country has accepted the decision but urged President Sirisena to respect the constitution of the country.

The constitutional crisis manufactured by President Sirisena continues.

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