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Tensions Prevail As Pressure Mounts For Sri Lanka Parliament Recall Amid ‘Bloodbath’ Warnings

Sri Lanka’s ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (C) takes part in a press conference in Colombo on October 29, 2018. Ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that his controversial sacking has left Sri Lanka in a power vacuum and demanded that parliament be allowed to end a standoff with the president (Photo: LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images).

By: Radhakrishna N S

Ousted Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Monday (29) demanded parliament be allowed to choose between the two rivals to run the country’s government amid warnings that the constitutional crisis could become a ‘bloodbath.” With tensions already heightened by the killing of one activist, the United States added to international pressure on President Maithripala Sirisena to annul his suspension of parliament to end the power struggle. Wickremesinghe remained defiant at the prime minister’s residence which he has not left since being sacked on Friday (26) when Sirisena called in former strongman Mahinda Rajapakse to take over the government. Rajapakse…

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