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* Sri Lankan President continues to refuse reappointing ousted PM, no end in sight to the political crisis
Mon, Dec 3, 2018, 11:00 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 03, Colombo: A meeting held Monday between the representatives of the United National Front (UNF) and the President, Maithripala Sirisena to resolve the political crisis ended with no solution in sight as the President has continued to refuse reappointing ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

"The second meeting with the President and the UNF Party Leaders was unsuccessful and ended without a decision once again after President declines to appoint Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister," UNP parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella said after meeting with the President.

The United National Front said Ranil Wickremesinghe is the unanimous choice of the party for the Premiership.

However, the President while accepting that the party which has a majority in parliament should form the government, has vowed not to ever again appoint Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister.

In an interview with Ceylon Today, the President blamed Wickremesinghe for the political crisis set off when he sacked Prime Minister Wickremesinghe on October 26 and appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa, his nemesis before his election to office in January 2015, to the post.

"It was not me. Ranil Wickremesinghe created this political mess. All I did was save the country and economy from plunging further into chaos," the President was quoted as saying.

Rajapaksa has also rejected today's Appeal Court ruling that barred him from functioning as the prime minister and saying that he will challenge the ruling at the Supreme Court.

President Sirisena in his interview with Ceylon Today has said that only solution for the political crisis is going for a snap General Election immediately.

However he has ruled out a snap presidential election when he has "another full year to stay in office." "I have absolutely no intention to go for a snap presidential election," he has said.

Sri Lanka meanwhile, is without a functioning government.

 

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