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Sri Lanka: All-party meet underway to resolve political crisis

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 18, 2018, 06.23 PM (IST)

An all-party meet called by Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is underway at the Capital in a bid to end the political turmoil after Sirisena ousted Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointed former president Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister.

According to a report, Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna party are not attending the meeting. 

“The president has called the meeting in order to end the current political unrest and conflict situation and to allow the normal functioning of Parliament,” a statement from the president's office said. 

The meeting began at 5 pm at the presidential secretariat in Colombo.

Earlier Sirisena suspended Parliament till November 16 in order to prevent a vote from being taking place. He lifted the suspension later and said the Parliament would reconvene on November 14. However, he dissolved it again and called snap elections on January 5, a decision which was stayed by the country's Supreme Court. 

On November 14, Jayasuriya said a no-confidence motion had been passed against Rajapaksa and his government. The next day, Parliament was supposed to repeat the floor test but the proceedings were disrupted after parliamentarians broke furniture a few ministers loyal to Rajapaksa reportedly threw chilli powder at the rival leaders and the police.