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Sacked Sri Lanka PM seeks emergency parliament session

Sacked Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe insists that he had a majority in the 225-member legislature and his sacking was illegal.

world Updated: Oct 27, 2018 12:51 IST
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Sacked Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Saturday demanded the parliament speaker call an emergency session so he can prove his majority, officials said.(Reuters File Photo)

Sacked Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Saturday demanded the parliament speaker call an emergency session so he can prove his majority, officials said.

Wickremesinghe sent a letter to Karu Jayasuriya seeking a reconvening of the assembly which was only scheduled to meet on November 5 to debate the 2019 budget.

“The prime minister (Wickremesinghe) wants to show his majority in parliament,” an official from his office said as the country confronted mounting political turmoil.

Sri Lanka was plunged in a constitutional crisis after president Maithripala Sirisena sacked Wickremesinghe and gave the job to former strongman leader Mahinda Rajapakse who was sworn in on Friday night.

Wickremesinghe insisted that he had a majority in the 225-member legislature and his sacking was illegal.

Parliamentary sources said the speaker would have to decide if he recognises Rajapakse as the new premier following Wickremesinghe’s claim that he remained the constitutionally elected prime minister.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

First Published: Oct 27, 2018 12:49 IST