NewsSri Lanka’s nine day old political stalemate will end Wednesday when President Maithripala Sirisena swears in a new coalition Government with Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister. He told his party’s Parliamentary Group that the Attorney General has advised him that the President had no power to remove the Prime Minister under the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Sirisena said those wishing to serve in a new Cabinet could continue to do so whilst others were free to decide what they wanted to do. The political crisis developed after the results of the local authorities’ elections on February 11 where both the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) suffered defeats. President Sirisena, who is the leader of the SLFP told Premier Wickremesinghe that his ministers had identified him as the main cause for defeat.
Source: Sunday Times February 19, 2018 13:30 UTC