Maithripala Sirisena

Sri Lanka’s ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe compared the president of the country, Maithripala Sirisena, to Hitler and demanded he be reinstated, reported AFP.

The political crisis in the island nation started almost six weeks ago after Sirisena sacked Wickremesinghe and replaced him with former president Mahinda Rajapakse.

However, Wickremesinghe has refused to vacate the prime minister’s official residence.

“The president has to appoint me prime minister as I command a majority in parliament,” he said, according to AFP.  “I am telling the president not to act like Hitler who bypassed the constitution… We are not going to allow him to do that.”

Wickremesinghe’s supporters still control a majority in parliament and Rajapakse has lost two votes of confidence.

On Monday (3), a Sri Lanka court denied Rajapakse the authority to act as prime minister and stripped his cabinet of their powers. Rajapakse has been given time till December 12 to prove his legitimacy.

The court of appeal said, “irreparable damage” could be done to the nation if Rajapakse was allowed to remain as head of government.

Sirisena, meanwhile, has refused to reappoint Wickremesinghe as prime minister.

“I will not appoint Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister in my lifetime. Even if they have a majority, I have told them not to propose him as I won’t appoint him as prime minister,” Sirisena told foreign media.