Colombo (PTI): Sri Lankan Parliament will take up a motion to express confidence in ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe next week, officials said on December 6, as the political crisis following his controversial sacking by the President intensified. The motion has been listed for which no dates have been fixed, parliamentary officials said.
Parliament meets next on December 12 and the day’s business is to be determined on the same day. If there is no firm indication, it will be taken up on that day, they said.
Sri Lanka is going through a major political crisis since October 26 when President Maithripala Sirisena, in a controversial move, removed Mr. Wickremesinghe and installed ex-strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa in his place. The President on December 5 said that the current political crisis will not drag on beyond a week even as a war of words between him and Mr. Wickremesinghe intensified.
On December 3, a lower court temporarily barred Mr. Rajapaksa from performing his duties after which he filed an appeal before the Supreme Court. The interim ruling was a major blow to both President Sirisena and Mr. Rajapaksa.
Mr. Sirisena, after sacking Mr. Wickremesinghe on October 26, dissolved Parliament and called for a snap election on January 5. However, the Supreme Court overturned his decision and halted the preparations for snap polls. Mr. Sirisena said that he has always taken decisions in the best interest of the country and the people.