Sri Lanka Tamils push parliament to end crisis

The EU is worried about Mahinda Rajapakse returning to power
Image Mr Rajapakse faced accusations of human rights abuses when he was president

05 November, 2018

During the phone call, the President affirmed that the appointment of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister, was in keeping with the Constitution. To discuss this issue in more detail, Andrew Korybko is joined by Shenali Waduge, independent political analyst from Sri Lanka, and Jagath Perera, political activist from Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The president's move has plunged the country into a constitutional crisis with Wickremesinghe claiming he is still the prime minister.

The UN chief offered assistance in facilitating a dialogue with all the parties to resolve the situation.

The TNA has said it will support a no-trust motion Rajapaksa, amid mounting pressure on President Sirisena to let the suspended parliament hold a vote to end the ongoing political crisis.

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Wickremesinghe told The Associated Press on Friday that members of the newly formed government under Marinda Rajapaksa have offered lawmakers positions and money in exchange for their support. Rajapaksa is credited as a hero by Sri Lanka's ethnic Sinhalese majority for ending the conflict with a faction from the ethnic Tamil minority population.

The speaker of parliament in the Indian Ocean island, Karu Jayasuriya, said Sirisena had agreed to call parliament on November 7, following calls for an early session to end the crisis. He argued that he can not be legally removed from office until he loses the support from Parliament, and asked for a vote as evidence to prove he had majority support.

In almost nine decades of universal adult suffrage in Sri Lanka, Asia's oldest democracy has been no stranger to insurgency, civil war, assassinations and suicide bombers. Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa had said that no decision has been taken on reconvening the parliament on November 05 and that they are planning to stage a public rally on that day.

Wickremensinghe tweeted saying "the people's voices have been heard". On Tuesday, thousands of Sri Lankans protested in the capital demanding Sirisena immediately convene Parliament.

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