Sri Lanka President delays talks with UNF
ECONOMYNEXT – A discussion with Sri Lanka’s United National Front with President Maithripala Sirisena aimed a resolving a political crisis triggered by the sudden appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister had been delayed for Monday, as legal challenges mount.
Sri Lanka’s United National Front had nominated ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to be re-appointed, but President Sirisena had said he cannot work with him but is willing to appoint someone else from alliance.
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had ruled that Sri Lanka does not have a Prime Minister or Cabinet after Rajapaksa lost multiple votes of no-confidence in parliament.
President Rajapaska has also not left office and is calling for a general election.
Parliament has voted to cut funds for his office and also the pay and expenses of disputed ministers.
Sri Lanka’s Court of Appeal is due to hear a case where the legality of the purported ministers have been questioned on Monday.
Later in the week, the Supreme Court will start hearing a case against a dissolution of parliament by President, which has since been suspended. (Colombo/Dec3/2018)