Allow Sri Lanka parliament to vote

Ranil Wickremesinghe has refused to accept his dismissal

Under Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Parliament passed a constitutional amendment restoring a two-term limit for the presidency and creating independent commissions for police, judiciary and public service.

At least three more deputies from the TNA, which has 16 in the 225-member parliament, are expected to go over to the Rajapakse.

The European Union is anxious the return of Rajapaksa as prime minister, could derail progress made toward national reconciliation following a war with ethnic minority Tamil separatists, the report said.

The TNA has still said it will back a motion against Rajapakse that the UNP has submitted to be taken up when parliament does reconvene.

Tensions had been building between Sirisena and Wickremesinghe for some time, as the president did not approve of economic reforms introduced by the prime minister.

Wickremesinghe told The Associated Press on Friday that members of the newly formed government under Marinda Rajapaksa have offered lawmakers positions and money in exchange for their support.




Rights groups as well as Western nations have urged Sirisena to summon parliament to end the crisis.

The announcement was made by Parliament spokesman Karu Jayasuriya when he addressed a special meeting of party leaders.

President addressing the nation, recently, said the plot to assassinate him had prompted him to appoint former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the PM and confirmed the involvement of a Cabinet Minister too in this plot. Most of the 22 remaining MPs, including the TNA, are likely to oppose Rajapaksa.

Wickremesinghe has urged the Speaker to convene parliament immediately so he could prove his majority while his party, the United National Party, said they were discussing the possibility of impeaching the president over his "unconstitutional" move to sack the prime minister.

A statement issued by the UN Secretary General's office on Friday, stated the UN Chief offered assistance to "facilitate a dialogue with all parties and allow the parliamentary process to resume as soon as possible".

Wickremesinghe said in an interview with the AP that there is credible evidence that Rajapaksa's party is attempting to buy support in Parliament.

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