President Maithripala Sirisena says Lankan political crisis to end in 7 days

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena.  Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 06, 2018, 08.17 AM (IST)

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday said that the political crisis in island nation will not drag on beyond a week even as a war of words intensified between him and ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

"The current political crisis will not drag on beyond seven days," he said on Twitter.

Sirisena's statement came days after a lower court temporarily barred Sirisena-appointed prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa from performing his duties.

Lanka is going through a major political crisis after President Sirisena, in a controversial move, removed Wickremesinghe and installed ex-strongman Rajapaksa in his place on October 26.

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The president later dissolved Parliament and called for a snap election on January 5. However, the Supreme Court overturned Sirisena's decision to dissolve Parliament and halted the preparations for snap polls.

In a statement, Sirisena said that he has always taken decisions in the best interest of the country and the people.

In his strongest yet statement against the president, United National Party (UNP) leader Wickremesinghe on Tuesday said the United National Front (UNF) was prepared to face elections and they are "not afraid of elections."

"Don't be like Hitler and some of the other dictators who used the referendum," Wickremesinghe was quoted as saying by Sri Lanka Mirror.

Prior to the crisis, Wickramasinghe's UNP had the backing of 106 parliamentarians while Rajapaksa and Sirisena combine had 95 seats.
Rajapaksa has, so far, failed to prove his majority in Parliament.

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Sirisena's statement came days after a lower court temporarily barred Sirisena-appointed prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa from performing his duties