MAIN PARTY TO MOUNT LEGAL CHALLENGE
COLOMBO — Sri Lanka’s largest single party on Saturday said it will mount a legal challenge against “tyrant” President Maithripala Sirisena’s shock sacking of the legislature.
“We will go to the courts,” Mangala Samaraweera from the United National Party (UNP) told reporters in Colombo. “We will fight in the courts, we will fight in parliament and we will fight at the polls.”
Samaraweera said his party had supported Sirisena to come to power in January 2015, hoping he would be a benevolent leader like Nelson Mandela of South Africa, but that he had shown himself to be a “tyrant”.
“He (Sirisena) came to power promising to be a Mandela, but we ended up getting a Mugabe,” Samaraweera said, referring to Zimbabwe’s strongman former president Robert Mugabe.