Sri Lanka President says will make anyone PM, but not Ranil, Fonseka

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena said he was willing to make anyone other than Ranil Wickremesinghe or Sarath Fonseka the Prime Minister if a United National Front led group showed a majority in parliament on November 29.

"I will not make Ranil Wickremesinghe Prime Minister in this life," President Sirisena told Sri Lanka’s Colombo based foreign correspondents Sunday.

"If the majority goes to the UNF, under the process in the standing orders, I have clearly told them not to bring Ranil Wickremesinghe to me,"

"I will not make him, Prime Minister."

President Sirisena said in addition to the constitution, parliament traditions also have to be taken in to account. In the UK, Parliamentary traditions were very strong, he said.

"For me to appoint a Prime Minister there has to be a person who is suited to me," he said.

"It has to be someone I also like. If Sarath Fonseka was proposed as Prime Minister for me to appoint, I will not appoint. He has been mentioned as a suspect in the conspiracy to kill me."

"Therefore other than Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sarath Fonseka there has to be someone other person from UNF, with a no-confidence motion passed according to the correct way."

President Sirisena had rejected two votes of no-confidence against Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was suddenly appointed Prime Minister on October 26, plunging the country into a political crisis, by legislators led by ousted Prime Minister Wickremesinghe’s United National Front.

He expressed confidence that Rajapaksa would do the right this in case an acceptable no-confidene motion was passed.





Sirisena said it was still not clear whether a no-confidence vote would succeed on November 29, though a majority had been shown by UNF led groups on the composition of a parliamentary select committee with 121 of the 225 member assembly voting four through an electronic system.

He said numbers had already changed from day to day. (Colombo/Nov26/2018)

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