Sri Lanka: You are wrong --- President to the Speaker

Is President Sirisena planning to Declare the Emergency like India in mid-70s ?

( November 15, 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) In his response to the letter by the Speaker of the Parliament Karu Jayasuriya, President Maithripala Sirisena has accused him of overruling the Parliament tradition and standing orders as well as violating the country’s constitution.

Sirisena who boycotted the Parliament today was informed by the Speaker about rulings including the passed No-Confidence Motion against the appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. A much-awaited response came after 23.00 hours in local time in Colombo, where President Sirisena has rejected and condemned all the steps taken by the Speaker during the Parliamentary session today ( Nov. 14).

Meanwhile, it is yet unconfirmed but widely expressing concern that the President Maithripala Sirisena is planning to declare the state of emergency by using the power vested upon him as the President to dismantle the storming protests against his decisions i.e. under the pretext of public order.

“To ensure his plan there will be premeditated actions by certain parties in the government to show the instability and insecurity of the public order in the country,” reliable sources in the Ministry of Defence said while revealing the plan to declare the state of emergency.

Sri Lanka Guardian reliably learns this was initially discussed during the National Security Council meeting chaired by the President Sirisena held on last Monday night.

However, one of the senior officials on foreign relations who was in the meeting has expressed the negative impacts of such plan, while there were at least two senior defence officers supported the President Sirisena during the meeting.

“The Indian Emergency in the mid-70s declared by President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, upon advice by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, came into the discussion in nutshell,” reliable sources said.

However, Sri Lanka Guardian attempted the contact the President Media Division to verify the story but was unable to reach for comment; therefore we decided to keep our enquiry open.

Here is the President Sirisena's response to the Speaker;


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