• Thursday, May 19, 2022

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Sri Lankan President Faces Pressure To End Political Uncertainty

Mahinda Rajapaksa (Photo: REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte).

By: Radhakrishna N S

Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena is under increasing pressure to uphold the island nation’s constitution and reconvene parliament after his decision to replace the prime minister triggered political turmoil. Sri Lanka was plunged into the crisis on Friday (26) when Sirisena sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and swore in ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa to replace him, breaking up a fragile coalition governing the island. Wickremesinghe said his sacking was illegal and he maintained that he was still prime minister, leading to a standoff between his party and labour unions loyal to Sirisena. On Sunday (28), Arjuna Ranatunga, petroleum minister in the…

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