Ranil Wickremesinghe says he is still Sri Lanka PM, will challenge ouster in court

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 26, 2018, 10.13 PM(IST)

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Wickremesinghe said he will challenge his ouster in court

Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was sacked as prime minister of Sri Lanka, told a local television channel that he was still the prime minister according to the constitution, despite President Maithripala Sirisena swearing in his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa earlier in the day, Reuters reported.

"I retain the confidence of the house. I am the prime minister and I have the majority. According to the constitution, I'm the prime minister," Wickremesinghe said.

Wickremesinghe said he will challenge his ouster in court.

"This is not legal," he said, referring to his dismissal and the appointment of controversial former strongman president Mahinda Rajapakse to replace him. "I will go to court."

Wickremesinghe said he still retained a majority in the 225-member parliament, although Sirisena's United People's Freedom Alliance had withdrawn from the coalition government shortly before his sacking.

(With inputs from agencies)