Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Sri Lanka Decides to Summon Parliament amid Political Crisis

Sri Lanka Decides to Summon Parliament amid Political Crisis

On the other hand, skeptics think that Rajapaksa's return to power through what some are describing as an anti-constitutional coup is part of a Chinese plot to geopolitically compensate for the relative losses that it's expected to experience in the Maldives after Chinese-friendly President Yameen failed to be reelected in late September following his surprise loss to a very pro-Indian opposition politician.

He said Sirisena's coalition tried to establish a dictatorship but failed.

Sri Lanka main Tamil party to support no-confidence motion against new PM Mahinda Rajapaksa Sat, Nov 3, 2018, 07:18 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka. His United National Party submitted a motion to that effect to parliament but Sirisena suspended its session until November 16, citing a need for Rajapaksa to make arrangements for the new government prevented the vote.

Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka's president from 2005 to 2015, is credited by Sri Lanka's Sinhalese ethnic majority with ending a 25-year civil war with the Tamil Tigers, a militant group of Tamils fighting for independence.

Rajapakse-led Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna said a new caretaker cabinet will be sworn in on Monday.

So far Wickremesinghe has 103 MPs while Rajapaksa has 100 in the 225-member assembly.

In a national address on the following Sunday, Sirisena explained that he sacked Wickremesinghe mainly because of the alleged involvement of a Cabinet minister in a plot to assassinate him.

The Party also condemned its Batticaloa district parliamentarian S. Viyalendran, who crossed over to the Rajapaksa ked government accepting a deputy minister post. Rajapaksa's return could increase China's clout in Sri Lanka.

Both the United States and the European Union have called for parliament to be convened at the earliest to let lawmakers decide who should be prime minister of the country of 21 million people.

The billions China loaned Sri Lanka to develop the port and airport - a sign of Rajapaksa's pro-China leanings has India anxious.

He made the decision a day after meeting with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, who had warned of possible violence if lawmakers were not summoned immediately.

Wickremensinghe tweeted saying "the people's voices have been heard". Rajapaksa claims he now has enough numbers to prove his majority and at least five of Wickremasinghe's men have defected to his side.

India will have to keep a keen watch on the developments and ensure that the island does not take a Chinese turn.

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