Sri Lanka President says will respect court rulings, slams Ranil

ECONOMYNEXT – President Maithripala Sirisena said Sri Lanka’s political crisis will end in seven days and he will respect court decisions as two of the highest courts in the land gave interim ruling against his actions.

"I will respect court rulings," President Sirisena said addressing a meeting of his Sri Lanka Freedom Party members without specifying how.

"But people in the country have various views on the judiciary."

He said some were hailing the judiciary for being independent, others were saying courts were partisan and yet others were saying they were doing the job of others, drawing a comparison with Buddhist monks.

But he said the ongoing political crisis will end in 7 days without specifying how.

A Supreme Court hearing on President Sirisena’s dissolution of Parliament is due to be heard at least until December 07, while a Court of Appeal case will be heard from December 12.

Sirisena said the entire crisis was triggered by United National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe who was not suited for Sri Lanka.

He said Wickremesighe destroyed the UNP, the country.

"And to some extent he has destroyed me," President Sirisena said.

He said he will never appoint Wickremesinghe Prime Minister even if all 225 members of the parliament asked him to.

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