Battle for power puts pressure on president
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.