Loyalists defend appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Sri Lanka PM

ECONOMYNEXT – A group of professionals backing President Maithripala Sirisena’s have defended the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister amid a deepening political crisis in the country.

 The Voice of intellectuals and Professionals organization on Friday defended President Maithripala Sirisena’s move to appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister while ousting Ranil Wickremesinghe.

"Resolving this issue constitutionally and democratically is well and good," N. Ladduwahetty from a organization calling itself the Voice of intellectuals and Professionals told reporters in Colombo.

"The controversy arises from the fact that the president is directly appointed by the people, but he’s also responsible to parliament,"

"So, the issue is whether the president is responsible to people or parliament," he said.

"The executive is the direct power of the people. So, the president should decide the Prime Minister who has the most similar ideology, so that he can continue the executive power of the people."

Lalithasiri Gunaruwan, an economics lecturer, said that Sri Lankan assets are being sold off the foreign countries, and trade agreements are destroying the local economy.

He said countries such as the UK cannot act as if they are still Sri Lanka’s colonial masters and discuss internal Sri Lankan issues.

"In fact, the UK doesn’t have a written constitution. Do we complain in the international arena that the rights of the British citizens are being violated? No."

Sarath Weerasekara, a former military officer said that if the change had happened a year ago, the country could have saved the Hambantota Harbour.

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"We consider these actions happening now welcome, although one year late," he said.

Former Diplomat Tamara Kunanayakam dismissed claims of Rajapsaksa close ties to China saying that he is not a Chinaman, but a Sri Lankan, since he protects Sri Lanka’s economy.

She said if Wickremesinghe wants to contest Rajapaksa’s appointment, the Supreme Court should get involved with law.

"There is no law behind the constitution. The law is the will of people," she said, noting how the people are happy with Rajapaksa, including Tamils from former war zones who had come to his office to show him support. (Colombo/Nov05/2018)
 

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