Sirisena's decision led to the political crisis in Sri Lanka: Ranil Wickremesinghe to WION

The Interview: Exclusive conversation with Ranil Wickremesinghe, Former PM, Sri Lanka

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 08, 2018, 09.49 PM (IST)

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is attempting to guarantee authenticity as the nation's chief, after President Maithripala Sirisena selected former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his place and therefore prorogued Parliament until November 16.

Sri Lankan Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has said yesterday that he wanted a floor test in parliament to resolve the issue of two prime ministers in the country which arose following the sacking of Ranil Wickremesinghe and replacing him with Mahinda Rajapaksa.

As two prime ministers struggle to cobble up a majority, WION speaks to sacked Prime Minister- Ranil Wickremesinghe on who is to blame.

Blaming President Maithripala Sirisena for the political crisis in Sri Lanka Wickremesinghe said: Sirisena eyeing a second term and his decision led to this crisis.

"Insulting remarks made by Sirisena is a sign of desperation. I never insulted him. It shows how desperate he is," he said.

'This political crisis hurts people's right to franchise. Sri Lankans did not want Rajapaksa in power. People wanted parliamentary democracy," he added.

"I am confident of gaining a majority in parliament, I have enough support. I have the support of more than 113 lawmakers," said Ranil.

On the question of expectations from India he said that the international community wants the constitution to be followed and want parliament to convene as soon as possible.

"We can always put our economy on the right path. But it has cost us a lot. We have to tackle economic issues," said Ranil Wickremesinghe.