US urges Sri Lanka to recall parliament, says crisis undermining reputation

ECONOMYNEXT – The United States has urged Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena to reconvene parliament saying an ongoing political crisis is undermining the island’s international reputation.

"We urge #SriLanka’s President to reconvene parliament immediately to resolve the political crisis," State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a message.

"Further delay compounds uncertainty in Sri Lanka, and undermines its international reputation and the aspirations of its people for good governance, stability and prosperity."

Sri Lanka was plunged into a political crisis two weeks ago after President Sirisena controversially appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister.

Incumbent Ranil Wickremesinghe has said he cannot be sacked under the constitution and that a majority of legislators support him.

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