Sri Lanka in unprecedented crisis: Wickremesinghe
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is facing an unprecedented crisis, following the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister, which will have serious consequences for the country, Untied National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is disputing his sacking said.
"In the history of Sri Lanka, we never heard of a crisis situation like this in our country," he said in an address.
"What happened on last Friday was an illegal, anti-constitutional and opportunistic act.
"The ill effects of this act were visible immediately. The incidents took place at ITN,Rupavahini and the Lake House during Friday night indicated what is going to happen to Freedom of the Media in this country."
Wickremesinghe and several parties are pushing speaker Karu Jayasuriya to recall parliament, which was suspended by President Maithripala Sirisena.
"Today, all political parties and civil society are requesting to summon theParliament immediately," he said.
"International community has informed to act within the available legal framework and the Constitution. Therefore, I would like to earnestlyrequest honorablespeaker to summon the Parliament immediately."
There is already an economic fallout, Wickremsinghe said.
"The instability prevailing in this country is not good," he said. @We witness today the problems people have to face due to this situation.
"The era of queues has commenced. The Government machinery has come to a halt. The economy we controlled with greater difficulty has crashed.
"This unfortunate situationis affecting adversely to the future of this country and future of our children."