Majority of Sri Lanka legislators want parliament recalled, says sacking PM is illegal

ECONOMYNEXT – A majority of 118 legislators have told the speaker of Sri Lanka’s Parliament that orders given by the President sacking Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and suspend parliament is illegal and violates the constitution.

They wrote that they do not recognize orders made by gazette by president sacking Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointing Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister is null and void.

The United National Party, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, Tamil National Alliance, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress have made representations to him.

He had discussed with Bhuddist prelates and other religions leaders. Many civil society groups had appealed to him to safeguard democracy and stop instability from gripping the country.

"I could not turn my back to these appeals," he said.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said President was expected to recall parliament by November 07.

Meanwhile UPFAs Nimal Siripala de Silva, told reporters that Mahinda Rajapaksa also had a majority. Some have already come and others may come in the coming days, he said. (Colombo/Nov02/2018)
 

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