'I am still the Prime Minister' – Ranil Wickremesinghe; Mahinda Sworn in as Prime Minister –President’s Office 'I am still the Prime Minister' – Ranil Wickremesinghe; Mahinda Sworn in as Prime Minister –President’s Office
Oct 27, 2018

Constitutional crisis : Two Prime Ministers? Featured

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had taken oaths before President Maithripala Sirisena as Prime Minister, the President’s Office notified last night.

The Presidential Secretariat issuing a statement said that the General Secretary of the UPFA Mahinda Amaraweera had notified the Speaker that the UPFA had left the government.

Meanwhile, Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne told BBC Sinhala Service that UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe is still the Prime Minister of the country.

However, the Presidential Secretariat noted that Mahinda Rajapaksa is the new Prime Minister and said the Cabinet would be dissolved.

pm Mahinda Rajapaksa taking oath as the Prime Minister


Meanwhile, Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera had said in a twitter message that appointing Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister is an ‘anti- democratic conspiracy’.

He states that this is in violation of the constitution and illegal.

In his Face Book message, the Deputy General Secretary of the UNP Ajith P. Perera states that Sri Lanka is facing a serious challenge and threat to democracy.

Attorney Ajith P. Perera noted that just because the UPFA left the joint government, it would not be dissolved, adding that as such replacing the current Prime Minister with a new Prime Minister is illegal.

He also noted that the group led by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa does not hold the majority stake within the parliament.

Ranil tweet Ranil Wickremesinghe’s twitter account

Meanwhile, Ranil Wickremesinghe claims that he is still the Prime Minister of the country.

Addressing a media press briefing in Colombo he noted that according to the 19th Amendment it is only the parliament that can determine who the Prime Minister would be.

“Only I have the majority in parliament,” he said.

However, Mahinda Rajapaksa had updated his twitter account stating that he is the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.

Mahinda tweet Mahinda Rajapaksa’s twitter account

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