Sirisena refuses to re-appoint Wickremesinghe even as Appeal Court stays Rajapaksa Premiership

Sirisena refuses to re-appoint Wickremesinghe even as Appeal Court stays Rajapaksa Premiership

Colombo, December 3 ( 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 Court of Appeal had issued notices to Rajapaksa and his ministerial colleagues returnable on December 12.

The petitioners sought an order in the nature of Quo Warranto declaring that 49 respondents including the Prime Minister and the Ministers of the incumbent government are not entitled to hold the office of ministers of the cabinet of Ministers and Deputy Ministers.

The petitioners were MPs of United National Party, Tamil National Alliance, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and several other parties.

They filed this petition naming 49 persons including Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, members of Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers as respondents.

They stated that on November 14, 2018, Parliament passed a vote of No-Confidence against the purported government of the Respondents. They further stated that on November 16, Parliament passed another Vote of No-Confidence against the Government.

They maintained that in terms of Article 48 of the Constitution, the Cabinet stood dissolved from November 14, 2018.

According to leading lawyer, J.C.Weliamuna, the President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena must now appoint a new Prime Minister and a new Council of Ministers.

As of now, Ranil Wickremesinghe, who enjoys majority support in Parliament is the obvious choice for the Premiership. MPs of the United National Front, the Tamil National Alliance and other parties who met the President late in the evening on Monday, insisted that he appoint Wickremesinghe as he was indisputably their leader.

President Says An Emphatic “No” To Wickremesinghe

But the President flatly refused saying that he will not appoint  Wickremesinghe even if all the 225 signed a petition in his favor, said the United National Party (UNP) stalwart Lakshman Kiriella.

In fact, President Sirisena had said more than once that he will never appoint Wickremesinghe.

Wickremesinghe is the leader of the single largest party in parliament – the United National Front. He also has the support of the 14-member Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the 6 member Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). He has an overall strength of 122 MPs in a House 225 members.

He had proved majority support on two occasions in the recent past, when his group successfully moved two Motions of No Confidence against Rajapaksa on November 14 and 16.

Rajapaksa’s petition to Supreme Court

Mahinda Rajapaksa, whose functioning as Prime Minister was stayed by the Court of Appeal pending the disposal of a petition filed by 122 Members of Parliament on Monday, has said that he will challenge the stay in the Supreme Court on Tuesday on the grounds that in Constitutional matters, only the Supreme Court is competent to adjudicate.

In a statement typed on his personal letter paper, Rajapaksa said: “We are not in agreement with the interim stay order issued by the Appeal Court suspending the functioning of the Cabinet of Ministers.We will be presenting an appeal to the Supreme Court tomorrow morning against this stay order. We wish to emphasize the fact that the interpretation of the constitution and in making final determinations in that regard, is exclusively vested in the Supreme Court by the Constitution.”

“The struggle to establish political stability in this country through the holding of a General Election needs the support of the people more than ever at this moment.”


10 Responses to "Sirisena refuses to re-appoint Wickremesinghe even as Appeal Court stays Rajapaksa Premiership"

  1. Mohamed Fazly Ilyas
    Mohamed Fazly Ilyas   December 3, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    When we have Three Recalcitrants ruining this Country and a few diehard politicians who have to survive to save their necks. Which has led thus Country into a FAILED STATE and left us in a sorry state.

  2. Sinnadurai Sriskandarajah
    Sinnadurai Sriskandarajah   December 4, 2018 at 12:33 am

    Even if they appeal, at the moment, Cabinet stands stayed until their appeal is adjudicated.

  3. Glen Nugara
    Glen Nugara   December 4, 2018 at 2:49 am

    he will. lose the appeal too.

  4. Hapu Akp
    Hapu Akp   December 4, 2018 at 4:01 am

    They will not loosen their grip. WHY ?.
    Both of them & their families were paid by a Dragon/ Octopus to hold power paying any price.
    So, they don’t care about collapsing economy, social life, Health and Education or any amount of Human lives. !

  5. Kalu Nihal
    Kalu Nihal   December 4, 2018 at 4:19 am

    උසාවි ගියාට වැඩක් නෑ. නඩුකාරයො ඉන්නෙ 9 දැනට එයින් 7ක් නඩු අහනවා 7 වෙනිදා වෙනකම්. අවම 3ක් ඕනෙ නඩුව අහන්න. ඒ නිසා 8 වෙනිදා වෙනකම් මහින්දලාට තහනම් නියෝගයක් ගන්ඩ වෙන්නෙ නෑ. 8 සිකුරාදා. 11 තමා නඩුවට යම් තීරනයක් ගන්න ආසන්නම දිනය වෙන්නෙ. මහින්දයෝ පව්නෙ ඔයා

  6. Nazeer Nihasdeen
    Nazeer Nihasdeen   December 4, 2018 at 6:24 am

    GREEDY HAS NO LIMIT. Please retire, let someone who has a better vision run our country. Your failure has paid by our tax money.
    Go home!

    • Tamara Perera Cheruvari
      Tamara Perera Cheruvari   December 4, 2018 at 2:05 pm

      He can’t retire, he has to first prop up his son to the thrown first., that’s his only goal !

    • Nazeer Nihasdeen
      Nazeer Nihasdeen   December 4, 2018 at 2:47 pm

      IN THAT CASE WE WILL BE ruined!

  7. Nuhuman Hamid
    Nuhuman Hamid   December 4, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Greedy man.why are you ruining the country.havent you and yr family made enough money to live forever.

  8. Chris de Silva
    Chris de Silva   December 4, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Wiseman learn from others mistakes. Fools learn from his own mistakes. Idiots never learn. They keep on repeating.


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