Sri Lanka Caught In Power Vacuum, Says Ousted Prime Minister

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Ousted Sri Lanka prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says he commands the majority in Parliament. (File)


Ousted Sri Lanka prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Monday that his controversial sacking has left the country in a power vacuum and demanded that parliament be allowed to end a standoff with the president.

"At the moment there is a vacuum, no one is in full charge of the country," Wickremesinghe told reporters at his official residence.

"That is why we want parliament summoned immediately to decide who enjoys the majority. I am still the prime minister who commands that majority."

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After sacking Wickremesinghe on Friday, President Maithripala Sirisena suspended parliament until November 16.

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