Thousands protest in Sri Lanka against the President

COLOMBO, Oct. 30 (APD) — Thousands gathered in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo on Tuesday at a mass rally against the President after he had sacked the country’s Prime...

COLOMBO, Oct. 30 (APD) — Thousands gathered in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo on Tuesday at a mass rally against the President after he had sacked the country’s Prime Minister and prorogued Parliament.

Sri Lanka’s United National Party, which was part of a coalition Government with the President, organized the rally.

Last week, Sirisena sacked United National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe from the post of Prime Minister and appointed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new Prime Minister.

The President also prorogued Parliament till November 16th and appointed a caretaker Government.

Wickremesinghe insists he has majority support in Parliament and so is still the Prime Minister, a claim the President rejects.

The UNP demanded that Parliament be convened so that the issue over who has majority support in Parliament can be resolved.

Wickremesinghe said that the UNP and its partners in the United National Front will not give up and will continue to push for Parliament to convene immediately.

Wickremesinghe said that the UNP supported Maithripala Sirisena in 2015 to be elected as President.

He said that the unity Government was given a mandate in 2015 and that included establishing democracy.

Wickremesinghe said that they did not expect President Maithripala Sirisena to go against the mandate given to him.

He said the President is attempting to hold on to his executive powers but the UNP will oppose it.

UNP Parliamentarian Ajith. P. Perera said that the President will be given time till Friday to convene Parliament.

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