A battle between Sri Lanka’s Parliament and President Maithripala Sirisena took a new turn finding fault with a no-confidence motion passed against Mahinda Rajapaksa who was controversially appointed as Prime Minister, triggering a political crisis in the island.
President Sirsena replying a letter by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya earlier in the day, President Sirisena said he rejected part of the motion which said that gazette notices issued by him relating to appointing Rajapaksa as Prime Minister and sacking Ranil Wickremesinghe was unconstitutional.
The Speaker in a statement said he forwarded the no confidence motion passed against Rajapaksa and also a letter signed by 122 legislators of the 225 member assembly against Rajapaksa.
Sri Lanka’s Speaker had ruled in parliament that a no-confidence motion against Mahinda Rajapaksa was passed after taking a voice vote.
Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court earlier in the week overturned a sacking of Parliament by President Sirisena, leading to the reconvening of parliament.
Sri Lanka’s Parliament is due to sit tomorrow. Spokesmen for Rajapaksa has said he and his cabinet will continue to sit until President Sirisena says otherwise.
In the letter to Speaker, Sirisena said he was the appointing authority and the it was up to the courts to decide the constitutionality of the moves.
No one has yet petitioned courts against the purported sacking of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.