Written by Staff Writer
29 Oct, 2018 | 8:47 pm
Colombo (News1st) – Convening a special media briefing this evening UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe rejected the allegations levelled against him and his cabinet by President Maithripala Sirisena during his nationwide address on Sunday (Oct 28).
While noting that the 19th amendment to the constitution curtailed the powers of the President, Wickremesinghe stated that the Prime Minister should be the individual who commands the confidence of the house in accordance with Article 42(4) of the constitution. He expressed regret that President Maithripala Sirisena nominated an individual who does not have command of a majority in Parliament to the post of prime minister.
While stating that the solution to the current issue lies within Parliament, Wickremesinghe reiterated his call to summon Parliament immediately stating that it was also the wish of all political parties, civil societies and the international community.
The UNP leader noted that all parties representing the United National Front stand together in their bid to re-establish democracy in the country. Wickremesinghe also noted that they would never allow an anti-constitutional dictatorship to rule this country. He called on the general public to forget political differences and rally around the UNP for this purpose.
Speaking separately to international journalists this afternoon, Wickremesinghe stated that the President has no right to sack him adding that the powers of Parliament override those of the executive. He noted that the main difference between him and the president is that he lives in Colombo and was used to a urban life while the President lives in a far more rural setting in Polonnaruwa.
Meanwhile, it was also reported that a letter signed by 126 members of Parliament was handed over to the Speaker of Parliament. The MPs have called on the Speaker to immediately reconvene parliament to solve the political crisis in accordance with the constitution of the country.
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