Sri Lanka president Sirisena vows never to reappoint ousted PM Wickremesinghe

File photo of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 25, 2018, 03.32 PM (IST)

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday recounted the political crisis that has crippled Sri Lanka's government for4 over a month now and vowed never to reappoint ousted primed minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Wickremesinghe's alliance on Friday won control of a powerful panel in Parliament, dealing a major blow to President Maithripala Sirisena and his prime ministerial appointee Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Both Wickremesinghe and Rajapaksa claim to be the prime ministers. Wickremesinghe says his dismissal is invalid because he still holds a majority in the 225-member Parliament. 

But Sirisena choked back tears in a meeting with foreign correspondents as he accused Wickremesinghe, who he sacked on October 26, of being "highly corrupt".

"Even if the UNP has the majority I told them not to bring Ranil Wickremesinghe before me, I will not make him prime minister," he said, referring to Wickremesinghe's United National Party.

Sri Lanka is witnessing a political crisis since President Sirisena abruptly sacked Wickremesinghe on October 26.

Story highlights

Wickremesinghe's alliance on Friday won control of a powerful panel in Parliament, dealing a major blow to President Maithripala Sirisena and his prime ministerial appointee Mahinda Rajapaksa.