Sri Lanka opposition leader asks Parliament to be summoned immediately

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s opposition leader Rajavarothiam Sampanthan has asked parliament to be summon immediately, as a constitutional crisis deepened in to violence.

"Recognizing the necessity for upholding the supremacy of the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and also, Recognizing the Supremacy of Parliament comprising of the democratically elected representatives of the people," Sampanthan said in a letter to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

"I hereby call upon yourself, Sir, to uphold the Rule of Law by summoning Parliament forthwith to enable Parliament to perform its legitimate functions.

Sri Lanka was plunged in to a constitutional crisis after President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister. 

The incumbent, Ranil Wickremesinghe is insisting he is still the Prime Minister saying it was unconstitutional to remove him and appoint another.

President Sirisena suspended parliament Sunday.

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