New Delhi: A day after Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Ranil Wickremesinghe from the Prime Minister post, the latter sought an emergency parliament session to prove his majority, reported news agency AFP on Saturday. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya’s office said that Wickremesinghe has sent a letter, seeking an emergency session of the Parliament, which was scheduled to meet on November 5 to debate the budget.
Sirisena on Friday removed Wickremesinghe and replaced him with 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.
Sri Lankan Minister of Finance and Media, Mangala Samaraweera denounced the move as ‘illegal and unconstitutional’. He tweeted, “The appointment of Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister is unconstitutional and illegal. This is an anti-democratic coup.”
Meanwhile, in the wake of political turmoil in the country, the United States has asked Sri Lankan political parties to ‘act in accordance with their constitution’ and ‘refrain from violence’.
“The US is following events in Sri Lanka. We call on all parties to act in accordance with SL’s constitution, refrain from violence, and follow due process,” the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs tweeted.
“We expect government of SL to uphold its Geneva commitments to human rights, reform, accountability, justice, and reconciliation,” it added.