New Delhi: Reacting over the ongoing political crisis in Sri Lanka, India on Sunday said that it is closely following recent political developments in the neighbouring country. “As a democracy and a close friendly neighbour, we hope that democratic values and constitutional process will be respected. We’ll continue to extend our developmental assistance to friendly people of Sri Lanka,” the Ministry of External Affairs said, a day after Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Ranil Wickremesinghe from the Prime Minister post. Also Read - Coronavirus: India in Final Stages of Framing Protocols For Clinical Trial of Plasma Therapy, Says ICMR
Wickremesinghe, on Friday, was replaced by Mahinda Rajapaksa, a former president, who was accused of human rights abuses, brazen nepotism. Rajapaksa took oath as the new Prime Minister soon after the appointment. Also Read - Ready to do Whatever Possible to Help: 'Good Friend' Modi Responds to Netanyahu's 'Thank You' For Hydroxychloroquine
The President, in a letter sent to Wickremesinghe said he had been removed after the Sirisena-led United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) quit the national coalition government. Wickremesinghe called the move “illegal” and said a Prime Minister could only be sacked if he loses a no-confidence motion in Parliament. He vowed to continue on the post and called for Parliament to convene to prove his majority. Also Read - 'Thank You,' Says Netanyahu to 'Dear Friend' Modi as Israel Receives Hydroxychloroquine From India
Earlier on Saturday, the newly-appointed Prime Minister secured a majority in the island’s 225-member Parliament ” He will continue to retain his job despite protests from the ruling United National Party (UNP)”, the Rajapaksa-led Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) said.