The Sri Lankan Court of Appeal on Monday passed an interim order preventing Mahinda Rajapaksa and his 49-member purported Council of Ministers from functioning till the Quo Warranto petition filed by 122 Members of Parliament is adjudicated. Later, Rajapaksa issued a statement saying that he will appeal to the Supreme Court against the stay on the grounds that constitutional issues of this sort can be heard only by the Supreme Court.In another development on the same day, President Sirisena told supporters of sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in parliament that he will never appoint him as Prime Minister, signaling the continuation of the political deadlock.
The Sri Lankan website Groundviews has put together a legal opinion on the main issues figuring in the on-going constitutional crisis in the island, which have set the Executive Presidency against the Legislature and Ranil Wickremesinghe against Mahinda Rajapaksa, with both claiming to be the legitimate Prime Minister. The legal opinion was prepared by Gehan Gunatilleke, Dinesha Samararatne, Kalana Senaratne and Asanga Welikala in response to a request made by Dr Jayampathy Wickramaratne, Member of Parliament.
It is with an eye on the forthcoming provincial and national elections, that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) are opposing Mahinda Rajapaksa’s bid to remain Prime Minister tooth and nail. The TNA and the TPA are acutely aware that the Tamils in the Northern, Eastern, Western, Central and Uva provinces do not want Rajapaksa to be in power and have traditionally voted against him and his party in elections.
“The previous government put off Provincial Council elections indefinitely by deliberately refraining from fulfilling the conditions relating to the delimitation of constituencies in Act No. 17 of 2017 which was rushed through Parliament last year just days before the Sabaragamuwa, North Central and Eastern Provincial Councils were to stand dissolved,” he recalled. Comparing this with his regime, Rajapaksa said: “We held the Eastern Provincial Council election in 2008 even before the war had ended, immediately after clearing the province of the LTTE. Once the de-mining of the Vanni was complete, we held provincial council elections in the Northern Province as well in 2013. Today, without any war in the country, both those provinces do not have provincial councils.”
The 14-member Tamil National Alliance (TNA) group in the Sri Lankan parliament, which is playing a pivotal role in the on-going constitutional imbroglio, has told President Maithripala Sirisena that it will not support any move by the United National Party (UNP) to impeach him.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is considering dropping an attempt to dissolve parliament, sources close to the president said, The sources said the president may now rescind the order, effectively pre-empting a court ruling that they expect to overturn his decision anyway.
At his meeting with the 14-member TNA parliamentary group, President Sirisena said that he cannot get along with Wickremesinghe and requested the TNA to get the UNF to put up another candidate who he can work with. But the TNA MPs told Sirisena that he should appoint the person who enjoys majority support in parliament and that person is undoubtedly Wickremesinghe.
Colombo, Nov 30 (newsin.asia) – A majority of Sri Lankan legislators, on Friday voted in favor of a parliamentary motion to halt finances to former president Mahinda Rajapakse’s cabinet and junior ministers, a day after Parliament also passed a motion to cut finances to the Prime Minister’s office. Amidst a severe political turmoil ongoing in […]
Colombo, Nov 29 (newsin.asia) – A majority of Sri Lankan legislators, on Thursday voted in favor of a special motion presented to Parliament to halt the finances provided to the Prime Minister’s office amidst a severe political crisis in the island country. 123 legislators out of the 225 member Parliament voted in favor of the […]
Colombo, – A Sri Lankan court has ordered the detention of the country’s top military officer for investigation in connection with the abduction and disappearance of 11 young people during the country’s civil war that ended nine years ago, the Associated Press reported. The court on Wednesday ordered that Chief of Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne […]