Man­gala lashes out at Sirisena

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

On Oc­to­ber 26, Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena en­tered the his­tory books as the only leader who con­spired against his own govern­ment and top­pled it, for­mer Fi­nance Min­is­ter and se­nior UNPer Man­gala Sa­ma­raweera said yes­ter­day.

"He vol­un­tar­ily gave up many of his ex­ec­u­tive pow­ers. The 19th Amend­ment, which was sup­ported by the Pres­i­dent, re­stricts the Pres­i­dent’ s pow­ers ," Mr Sa­ma­raweera said, adding that, the Pres­i­dent can dis­solve Par­lia­ment only four- and- a- half years af­ter it is ap­pointed.

He said the Pres­i­dent has failed to show num­bers and failed to buy over mem­bers of the UNP. "The UNP is not afraid of an elec­tion, but we are op­posed to it due to the un­con­sti­tu­tional na­ture of this act. We will fight in the courts, we will fight against it in Par­lia­ment and at the elec­tions. We are not afraid of elec­tions. We will take this to courts on Mon­day. We are pre­pared to show our ma­jor­ity in Par­lia­ment next week. The peo­ple are ral­ly­ing against this dic­ta­tor­ship, ir­re­spec­tive of party af­fil­i­a­tions. We will fight this emerg­ing tyranny of Maithri­pala Sirisena," Mr. Sa­ma­raweera claimed.

"We con­tinue to re­it­er­ate that, not al­low­ing the Prime Min­is­ter to show his ma­jor­ity in Par­lia­ment is il­le­gal," claimed UNP Chair­man Kabir Hashim. “The dis­so­lu­tion is an ac­cep­tance that the Pres­i­dent didn't have the num­bers. That's why he dis­solved Par­lia­ment," he added. Mr. Hashim was of the view that the Pres­i­dent and Mahinda Ra­japaksa had failed to se­cure the num­bers, even with bribes of money and po­si­tions.

The peo­ple are ral­ly­ing against this dic­ta­tor­ship, ir­re­spec­tive of party af­fil­i­a­tions. We will fight this emerg­ing tyranny of Maithri­pala Sirisena

Pic by M.D. Nis­sanaka

United Na­tional Party Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans Har­sha de Silva, Mu­jibur Rah­man and oth­ers hold­ing a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day

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