Published: Sat, December 15, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

's Ranil Wickremesinghe to be appointed as Prime Minister again

's Ranil Wickremesinghe to be appointed as Prime Minister again

Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned as Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Saturday, putting an end to the almost two-month power tussle in the island nation, according to a report in The Colombo Post.

"To ensure stability of the nation, former president ...(Rajapakse) has chose to resign from the premiership tomorrow after an address to the nation", his legislator son Namal said.

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) with the former president, SLFP and others will now work to form a broader political coalition with President Sirisena, said Namal Rajapaksa in a tweet on Friday evening.

Sirisena dissolved parliament on November 9, when he was forced to concede that his and Rajapaksa's party, the United People's Freedom Alliance, did not have a majority in the 225-seat parliament.

The appeal filed against the interim order issued by the Court of Appeal restraining Mahinda Rajapaksa from holding office of Prime Minister and his Cabinet from functioning, was taken for consideration by the Supreme Court, today (14).

The appeal decision came a day after the country's Supreme Court ruled that a decision by the president to dissolve parliament was unconstitutional.

Political sources said Sirisena was likely to invite Wickremesinghe to form a new government over the weekend and end the power vacuum.

Empty seats during a parliamentary session in Colombo Sri Lanka
Empty seats during a parliamentary session in Colombo Sri Lanka Credit AP

The apex court on Thursday unanimously declared that the dissolution of Parliament by Sirisena was "illegal". That issue is now being canvassed before courts.

Former Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa to resign from PM post tomorrow: Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has made a decision to resign from his controversial post of Prime Minister tomorrow.

The United National Front (UNF) said the order means Rajapaksa can not be Prime Minister and so the former Cabinet must be reinstated.

Wickremesinghe and Rajapaksa both claim to be the prime ministers with the former claiming that his dismissal is invalid because he still holds a majority in the 225-member Parliament.

The pro-Rajapaksa lawmaker, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, said that Rajapaksa decided in a meeting Friday with President Maithripala Sirisena to resign to allow the president to appoint a new government.

Sirisena has repeatedly rejected appeals to reappoint Wickremesinghe as prime minister, but may now be compelled to do so since Wickremesinghe has the support of 117 lawmakers in Parliament.

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