Written by Ramesh Irugalbandara
27 Oct, 2018 | 8:45 am
BREAKING NEWS: Parliament has been prorogued based on the instructions of the President – Deputy General Secretary of Parliament
#LiveUpdate : It is the duty of everyone to protect democracy. We call on the Speaker to convene parliament and allow the MPs to resolve this issue. We stand united behind PM Ranil Wickremesinghe – Rishad Bathiudeen (ACMC)
#LiveUpdate : The SLMC stands firmly by PM Ranil Wickremesinghe – Rauff Hakeem
#LiveUpdate : We urge the public to remain calm as all the forces that came together o create this mandate remain together. We must ensure that law and order is maintained. We appeal to the armed forces and the Police not to be confused by the current situation. – Rauff Hakeem
#LiveUpdate : MR’s swearing-in as PM has created a constitutional crisis. This issue should not be resolved on the streets of this country, it should be resolved in Parliament – Rauff Hakeem
#LiveUpdate : We call on the speaker to convene parliament immediately and allow the members to resolve this crisis created by the President – MP Patali Champika Ranawaka
#LiveUpdate : This is a political conspiracy. The President has no right to do this, because he was elected as the President because of the leaders that are here before you today. We are here because of the mandate given by the people. – MP Patali Champika Ranawaka
#LiveUpdate : Ranil Wickremesinghe is our Prime Minister. We will be able to demonstrate our majority when Parliament is convened. – Mano Ganeshan
#LiveUpdate: As the PM of Sri Lanka I have the majority support in Parliament – PM Ranil Wickremesinghe
#LiveUpdate: According to the constitution the PM is the individual who has the majority support in Parliament. All the leaders of the UNF have gathered here. We call for Parliament to be convened – PM Ranil Wickremesinghe
#LiveUpdate: All this was done by Maithripala Sirisena to remain in power and contest for the next presidential election – Harin Fernando
#LiveUpdate: If Parliament is convened on Monday we will be able to show our majority – UNP MP Harin Fernando
#LiveUpdate: This happened suddenly, we dont know what will happen in the coming days. There needs to be a resolution of who the PM is, based on who becomes the PM we will reach a decision – V. Radakrishnan
#LiveUpdate: The Muslim Congress confirms support for Ranil Wickremesinghe – Faizal Cassim
#LiveUpdate : Party Leaders who support RW to attend media briefing at Temple Trees
#LiveUpdate : The Tamil Progressive alliance which has 6 seats in Parliament states that they stand by Ranil Wickremesinghe
#LiveUpdate : Opposition leader R. Sampanthan says that the TNA is yet to make a final decision on the current political situation.
#LiveUpdate : CWC Patron Mutthu Sivalingam has announced that they will support the administration of Mahinda Rajapaksa
#LiveUpdate : I will speak with the people of Polonnaruwa on my return to the country before I reach my decision. – UNP MP Wasantha Senanayake from Kenya
#LiveUpdate : Dep. Min. Dr Harsha de Silva calls on the public to remain calm and let the politicians sort out the current situation in a democratic manner.
#LiveUpdate : Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has sought the advice of the Attorney General on the current situation. Speaker is due to make a statement as soon as he receives word from the AG.
#LiveUpdate : JO leaders currently meeting to discuss the formation of a new Government and the appointment of a new cabinet at the Wijeyarama residence of Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Colombo (News1st) – As you wake up to your coffee or tea on this Saturday morning, the country is in the midst of a great political crisis. Sri Lanka now has two individuals who claim to be the rightful Prime Minister of the country. On one hand, you have Ranil Wickremesinghe, while on the other, you have Mahinda Rajapaksa.
It all began last night with the announcement that the UPFA would be withdrawing from the Government. Soon afterward it was announced that Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as the Prime Minister of the country before President Maithripala Sirisena.
PM Ranil Wickremesinghe was not in Colombo as all these changes were taking place. He was rushing back to Colombo from Galle he called for an emergency meeting with all the parliamentary members of the UNP at Temple Trees. Before arriving at this meeting the RW spoke with News 1st and stated that he remains the Prime Minister as he still has a parliamentary majority. There were a number of other UNP members who also came out to state that the swearing in of Mahinda Rajapaksa was unconstitutional.
It is in this backdrop that President Maithripala Sirisena wrote a letter to RW stating that he had been removed from the position of Prime Minister in accordance with article 42(4) of the constitution. The Prime Minister then took steps to write a counter letter to the President stating that he remains the PM as he has a majority in Parliament.
While all this was happening broadcasting activities of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation came to a standstill following a commotion at the premises. At the midst of this commotion, a number of JO parliamentarians could be seen clearly. Min. Mangala Samaraweera and MP Chathura Senaratne who attempted to enter the complex were chased away by the jeering mob.
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The next 24 hours will be an interesting day in Sri Lankan politics. Parliamentary majority vs Executive power, which interpretation fo the constitution will prevail?
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