Sri Lanka’s Ranil Wickremesinghe Says Only Parliament Can Remove Him

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Sri Lankan soldiers at Mahinda Rajapakse's residence after he was sworn in as PM (AFP)

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Sri Lanka's president issued a formal notice for Ranil Wickremesinghe to step down as prime minister and recognise his shock dismissal, in an unfolding constitutional crisis. Hours after sacking his former ally, President Maithripala Sirisena issued gazettes formalising the dramatic move, and the installation of one-time strongman president Mahinda Rajapakse as the new prime minister. However, Wickremesinghe continued to occupy Temple Trees, the official residence of the prime minister, and insisted in a letter to Sirisena that he was still in office. He has said that he can be removed only by parliament where his party enjoys a majority, and also vowed to seek legal action against what he condemned as an unconstitutional move against him.

Here are the live updates on the Sri Lankan constitutional crisis:

Oct 27, 201810:16 (IST) Maithripala Sirisena installed Sri Lanka's controversial former strongman leader Mahinda Rajapakse as the country's new prime minister Friday, in a shock move that plunged the island into an unprecedented constitutional crisis.

Sri Lanka's former president and new prime minister Mahinda Rajapakse arrives at a temple after having been sworn in as prime minister in Colombo (AFP)Oct 27, 201810:08 (IST) "I am addressing you as the prime minister of Sri Lanka," Ranil Wickremesinghe told reporters at a nationally televised press conference on Friday night. "I remain as prime minister and I will function as the prime minister."No more content CommentsSource Article

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