Mahinda hopes for stability with Sri Lanka elections
ECONOMYNEXT – An election could make way for stability in the country, Mahinda Rajapaksa who was suddenly appointed Prime Minister by President Maithripala Sirisena said, as a political crisis deepened with an early dissolution of parliament, which critics say is against the constitution.
"As leaders, it is our responsibility and obligation to give the people the opportunity to voice their opinions on the future of #SriLanka," Rajapaksa said in a twitter.com message.
"A general election will truly establish the will of the people and make way for a stable country."
President Sirisena has ordered snap polls on January 05. But the United National Party of Ranil Wickremesinghe is saying it is illegal.
"This dissolution by the President is illegal and goes against the constitution," the UNP said on twitter.
"We will be fighting this to ensure that Democracy reigns supreme in the country."
Sri Lanka’s Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna said it is dangerous to go for an election under an administration that gained power through questionable means.
"It is dangerous if someone goes for an election after obtaining power by unconstitutional means," JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva was quoted as saying in Sri Lanka’s Daily Mirror newspaper.