Sri Lanka President says made Ranil Premier to respect democracy
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena said he re-appointed Ranil Wickremesinghe Prime Minister out of respect for democracy and parliamentary tradition though his personally opposed to it.
President Sirisena had said he will not make Ranil the PM even if 225 members asked him to do so.
He was still of the same opinion but, as a leader who respected democracy and parliamentary traditions, he had invited Wickremesinghe to be the PM, President Sirisena had told United National Party legislators shortly after swearing in Wickremesinghe.
President Sirisena, had said there were statements made that he would be impeached, but he had taken the decisions to dissolve parliament in the best interests and believing that it should be up to the voters to decide.
He said he intended to take forward the government without conflicts, as conflicts made the country go backwards.
UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa had said that his party had no intention of impeaching the President and it was the intention of his party to work in co-operation with the President. (Colombo/Nov16/2018)