Army to stay away from Sri Lanka political crisis

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Army will not get involved in an ongoing political crisis in the island triggered by the appointment of ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister, its commander has said.

Sri Lanka’s army chief Mahesh Senanayake told AFP, a new agency that 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."

There had been fears that that the military may get involved in what is being described by critics as a constitutional coup in Sri Lanka, after President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Rajapaksa as Prime Minister in a disputed move. (Colombo/Oct30/2018)

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