Khaleej Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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