Written by Staff Writer
30 Oct, 2018 | 2:58 pm
COLOMBO (News 1st) – According to a Hindu newspaper report, President Maithripala Sirisena claims his move to sack Wickremesinghe had public backing. The Newspaper further reports that President Sirisena met 40 heads of diplomatic missions for a discussion that lasted nearly two hours, and emphasized that his recent move was constitutional.
According to the Hindu Article, President Sirisena reportedly told the participants that “nearly 70% to 75%” of the public wanted to see Wickremesinghe removed from the PM’s post, and therefore urged them to consider the people’s will as well.
The Hindu Further says that in an attempt to justify his order on proroguing Parliament until the 16th of November, President Sirisena has said that time was needed for the “new Cabinet” to settle in and prepare for the imminent Budget.
The Hindu adds that representatives from many Western diplomatic missions made a strong case for respecting democracy and the Constitution, urging the President to summon Parliament at the earliest. President Sirisena, according to a diplomatic source, told the missions that he remained fully responsible for safety and security in the country and assured that there would be no violence.
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