Sri Lankan speaker wants a floor test to prove Rajapaksa’s majority

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Sri Lankan speaker Karu Jayasuriya wants a floor test in the parliament to resolve the ongoing power struggle in the country.

The situation arose following the sacking of Ranil Wickremesinghe and replacing him with Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The speaker two days ago slammed the President Maithripala Sirisena for sacking Wickremesinghe, calling it “anti-democratic” and pressed for a floor test to prove Rajapaksa’s majority.

Jayasuriya, for the same, has been accused of being biased towards his party, the United National Party (UNP) led by the ousted Prime Minister Wickremesinghe.

Wickremesinghe continues to claim he is the lawful prime minister citing the 19th amendment to the Constitution under which the president’s powers to sack the Prime Minister had been stripped. The unity government was formed in 2015 when Sirisena was elected President with Wickremesinghe’s support, ending a nearly decade-long rule by Rajapaksa.

Currently, Wickremesinghe’s party has 106 seats in the Parliament, which is just seven short of the majority. Rajapaksa and Sirisena combined have 95 seats, and need 18 more MPs to get a simple majority of 113 in the 225-seat assembly.

 

(With inputs from News 18 and India Today)