Sacked Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Saturday (Oct 27) demanded the parliament speaker call an emergency session so he can prove his majority, officials said.

The parliament had been due to meet again on November 5 to unveil the 2019 annual budget.

Ranil Wickremesinghe says he is prepared to leave the post of Prime Minister if he does not have the majority support of Parliament.

Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has named his predecessor, Mahinda Rajapaksa, as the country's new prime minister after the collapse of the governing coalition.


Rajapaksa and Sirisena's parties together have only 95 seats, short of majority in the 225-member house.

Mahinda Rajapaksa, who has formerly served as the President of Sri Lanka, on Friday took oath as the Prime Minister of the country in Colombo. First notice was on Wickremesinghe being removed as prime minister and the other on the appointment of Rajapaska as the new premier.

Earlier Sirisensa's United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) had said it would quit the ruling coalition, capping months of rising tensions between the president's bloc and Wickremesinghe's centre-right United National Party (UNP). "That's the democratic way to resolve this crisis", Perera said.

His reaction came shortly after President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointed his former foe Rajapakse as the new premier.


Since his rushed swearing in, Rajapakse is yet to announce the formation of a Cabinet - which under the Constitution is automatically dissolved when a prime minister is removed. The president has been critical of the prime Minister and his policies, especially on economy and security.

Sirisena won elections against Rajapakse in 2015 on a platform of economic reform and accountability for atrocities committed during his opponent's 10-year iron-fisted rule which saw the bloody end of Sri Lanka's brutal civil war. In April, Wickremesinghe successfully defeated a no trust motion in parliament engineered by Sirisena with backing from Rajapaksa.

The crisis will be prolonged if Rajapaksa can not swiftly demonstrate his command of parliament.

The sudden development came after Sirisena's broader political front United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) announced that it has made a decision to quit the current unity government with prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's United National Party (UNP). Several of Rajapakse's close family and associates face corruption prosecutions.


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