Mahinda Rajapaksa Short Of 'Magic Number' To Prove Majority: Spokesperson

Mahinda Rajapaksa changed Ranil Wickremesinghe as Sri Lanka’s Top Minister (AFP)

Colombo: 

Sri Lankan strongman and previous president Mahinda Rajapaksa stays in need of the ‘magic quantity’ 113 required to turn out his majority in parliament, his spokesman said Friday, days forward of the ground take a look at within the Area.

Sri Lanka is dealing with a big constitutional disaster after President Maithripala Sirisena ousted Top Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and changed him with Mr Rajapaksa and suspended parliament.

With out specifying the precise determine of the lawmakers supporting Mr Rajapaksa, United Folks’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella instructed newshounds, “Nowadays now we have 105 to 106 MPs.”

Mr Rambukwella is likely one of the ministers appointed after the political disaster erupted on October 26. He’s lately the incumbent media and knowledge minister.

Mr Sirisena had previous claimed at a public rally that he has the toughen of 113 parliamentarians within the 225-member Area to turn out the premiership of Mr Rajapaksa.

His feedback got here after Speaker Karu Jayasuriya slammed Mr Sirisena’s “unconstitutional and undemocratic” movements to sack Mr Wickremesinghe and droop parliament, announcing he’s going to no longer recognise Mr Rajapaksa as the brand new premier until he wins a flooring take a look at.

With 8 United Nationwide Celebration (UNP) and one Tamil Nationwide Alliance (TNA) legislators defecting to the Rajapaksa camp, the previous president used to be hopeful of passing the ground take a look at.

Mr Sirisena had suspended parliamentary lawsuits till November 16 after swiftly firing Mr Wickremesinghe and changing him with Mr Rajapaksa.

Then again, owing to home and global drive, Mr Sirisena later issued a understand to reconvene parliament on November 14.

The unexpected constitutional disaster got here amid rising tensions between Mr Sirisena and Mr Wickremesinghe on a number of coverage issues with the President has been essential of the Top Minister and his insurance policies, particularly on financial system and safety.

In the meantime, Mr Wickremsinghe stays assured of proving his majority in parliament.

Mr Wickremesinghe, whose birthday party dubbed Mr Sirisena’s transfer a “constitutional coup”, has refused to vacate his reputable place of dwelling, announcing he’s the lawful top minister and that the president has no constitutional proper to exchange him.

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