Prez Srisena Puts Sri Lanka Into Con­sti­tu­tional Cri­sis

The Day After - - GLOBAL TIT-BIT -

Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena on Oc­to­ber 26th sacked his Prime Min­is­ter Ranil Wick­remesinghe and ap­pointed for­mer pres­i­dent Mahinda Ra­japaksa as the new pre­mier, the pres­i­dent’s of­fice said. A pri­vate tele­vi­sion net­work loyal to Ra­japaksa tele­vised him be­ing sworn in as the new prime min­is­ter, re­plac­ing Wick­remesinghe. There was no im­me­di­ate word from Wick­remesinghe, who helped Sirisena win the Jan­uary 2015 elec­tions against Ra­japaksa. The sur­prise move comes af­ter dis­agree­ments be­tween Sirisena and Wick­remesinghe over eco­nomic pol­icy and day-to-day ad­min­is­tra­tion of the govern­ment.The pair were re­ported to have clashed in cab­i­net last week over govern­ment plans to lease a port ter­mi­nal to neigh­bour­ing In­dia. Wick­remesinghe’s govern­ment came to power promis­ing eco­nomic re­forms and ac­count­abil­ity for atroc­i­ties com­mit­ted in Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war dur­ing Ra­japaksa’s pres­i­dency.

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