Sri Lanka elections after constitutional govt: UNF

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has to re-establish a constitutional government before holding elections, United National Front, the largest party in parliament has said.

United National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said an election can be held if all parties agree under the constitutional process.

 "We are not afraid of elections," Wickremesinghe told reporters.  "First there has to be a lawful government. Only the UNF has a majority. Secondly all the parties must agree."

Mahinda Rajapaksa whose disputed appointment plunged Sri Lanka into a political and economic crisis has called for an election to resolve a political deadlock.

Sri Lanka’s court of appeal has barred Rajapaksa, who has suffered multiple no confidence motions in parliament, from acting in office until a hearing in concluded later this month.

Wickremesinghe said Adolf Hitler and some dictators had by passed the constitution and had elections.

"We are not going to allow anyone to by-pass the constitution," Wickremesinghe said.

Under a 19th amendment to Sri Lanka’s constitution parliament, brought to trim Presidential powers, the  can be dissolved only after 4.5 year or with the agreement of more than two thirds of legislators.

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