President decides to call parliament on the 14th

  • President decides to call parliament on the 14th

President decides to call parliament on the 14th

Legislators have been switching sides ever since the island nation was plunged into a political and constitutional crisis with Sirisena's move to sack Wickremesinghe last month.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa's legislator son Namal on Sunday indicated that the long held demand of the Tamil minority community to release all Tamil prisoners may be fulfilled soon, a move aimed at persuading the Tamil legislators to support Rajapaksa.

As patriotic songs blared over loudspeakers, thousands shuffled through heavy rain toward a makeshift stage. Police estimated that 1,20,000 people attended the rally. State television reported there were at least 200,000.

He said that farmers, government servants, fishermen, and the working mass who were gripped by the economic principles of Ranil Wickremesinghe should be freed. "Local thoughts were rejected and an extreme neo-liberal form of governance was carried out".

This follows a warning from the European Union that it could withdraw duty-free concessions for Sri Lankan exports if it didn't stick to commitments on national reconciliation. Ltd. a year ago to operate the Hambantota port.

Sirisena said at the rally that he would not be discouraged by resistance in Parliament, civil society and the global community to his actions.

Speaker of Sri Lanka's parliament has said he will not accept Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new prime minister until he proves a majority in 225-member parliament.

"The majority of the members are of the view that the changes done in the parliament are unconstitutional and against the traditions", the speaker of parliament, Karu Jayasuriya, said in a statement.

Foreign Minister Sarath Amunugama told a news conference Jayasuriya was not being impartial.

President Maithripala Sirisena had prorogued parliament till 16th after appointing the new prime minister.

"We have united to work for the people", Rajapakse said, referring to their previous rivalry when Sirisena defeated him for the presidency in 2015.

The UNP has handed over a motion of no trust against Rajapaksa.

The Tamil National Alliance, a coalition of parties representing the Tamils, vowed on Sunday that its 15 members would back the no-confidence motion against Rajapaksa. He was also critical of investigations into military personnel accused of human rights violations during the civil war.

The Prime Minister was addressing the "Rata Rakina Jana Mahimaya" public protest rally at the Parliament Junction, Battaramulla.

After sacking Wickremesinghe, Sirisena announced that he made the replacement in part because Wickremesinghe and a Cabinet colleague were behind an alleged assassination plot against him.