Bat­tle for power puts pres­sure on pres­i­dent

The Guardian Weekly - - Global Report -

Sri Lanka pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena was un­der pres­sure to up­hold the na­tion’s con­sti­tu­tion and re­con­vene par­lia­ment after his de­ci­sion to re­place the prime min­is­ter trig­gered tur­moil. Sirisena, pic­tured, sacked prime min­is­ter Ranil Wick­remesinghe last Fri­day and swore in ex-pres­i­dent Mahinda Ra­japaksa to re­place him, break­ing up a frag­ile coali­tion.

Wick­remesinghe said his sack­ing was il­le­gal and he main­tained that he was still prime min­is­ter and had the sup­port of a ma­jor­ity of mem­bers of par­lia­ment. Ra­japaksa, mean­while, as­sumed his du­ties at the prime min­is­ter’s of­fice. China, long seen as a sup­porter of Ra­japaksa, has con­grat­u­lated him on be­com­ing prime min­is­ter.

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