Ongoing crisis issue between foreign, indigenous thinking: Sri Lankan President
Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has described the ongoing political crisis in the country as one between foreign and local values. "This is an issue between those who believe in foreign thinking and those who respect local values", Sirisena said yesterday. The comment was seen as an indirect reference to United National Party, with whom Sirisena was running the national unity government since 2015.
UNP-Sirisena partnership ended when the latter sacked Wickremesinghe
The partnership between the United National Party (UNP) and Sirisena ended on October 26, when Sirisena fired his Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is the leader of UNP, paving the way for a never-seen-before political stand-off in the island nation.
Rajapaksa, appointed by Sirisena, failed to prove majority in Parliament
Since firing Wickremesinghe, Sirisena highlighted personal "shortcomings" of the former PM in a bid to justify the sacking and dissuade the reinstatement of Wickremesinghe. However, Wickremesinghe holds on to the official residence of PM, claiming his sacking was unconstitutional. Sirisena later dissolved Parliament to call snap elections. Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was appointed by Sirisena as the replacement, has failed to prove his parliamentary majority.
Next political move depends on court rulings: Sirisena
The issue is now in the courts, with both the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal set to deliver judgments on the legality of Sirisena's action. The Sri Lankan President said he would decide his next political move depending on the court rulings. He was somewhat critical of the courts' interim rulings, which allowed the cases to proceed.
The political crisis in Sri Lanka started on October 26
Wickremesinghe's allies say his parliamentary majority has been proved several times and Sirisena must restore him in office. The President refuses to do so. Sirisena put the country into crisis on October 26 by firing Wickremesinghe and appointing the contentious Mahinda Rajapaksa in his place.