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Sri Lanka crisis: Rajapaksa, Wickremesinghe and Sirisena camps on the road ahead

File photos of (L-R) Sirisena, Wickremesinghe, and Rajapaksa.  Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team Delhi, India Nov 14, 2018, 07.04 PM (IST)

Speaking shortly after the no-trust vote in the parliament on Wednesday, ousted Sri Lankan prime minister Wickremesinghe claimed that his government had been restored after extra-constitutional action by President Sirisena to sack him as the premier. Wickremesinghe added that he will now take steps to ensure that the government "in place before October 26 will continue."

"We will now take steps to ensure that the government in place before October 26 will continue. I wish to inform all government servants and police that you should not carry out illegal orders from the purported government that has failed to demonstrate the confidence of the people," news agency PTI quoted Wickremesinghe.

Senior leader of Wickremesinghe's United National Party (UNP) Sajith Premadasa said that the Government headed by Rajapaksa clearly lost the floor test, demanding Prime Minister Rajapaksa to step down. 

Wickremesinghe's reaction came shortly after Sri Lanka's Parliament on Wednesday passed a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa who was installed by President Maithripala Sirisena in a controversial move.

Meanwhile, Deputies from Rajapaksa's party rejected the voice vote as illegal, saying it wasn't scheduled and that the former strongman would remain in office.

President Maithripala Sirisena's next move is being contemplated now as it remains unclear what he would do next.

Government officials said there was confusion about who was in charge.

"We need cabinet approvals to go ahead with large value projects," one told Reuters. "We don't know if a cabinet exists or not."

Sri Lanka, the island nation, plunged into crisis last month when President Sirisena fired Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and named Rajapaksa to the job.

Sirisena dissolved parliament last week and ordered elections as a way to break the deadlock but the Supreme Court ordered a suspension of that decree on Tuesday until it had heard petitions challenging the decree as unconstitutional.

(With inputs from agencies

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'We will now take steps to ensure that the government in place before October 26 will continue,' ousted Sri Lankan prime minister Wickremesinghe said shortly after the no-trust vote in the parliament.