Sri Lankan President who caused political turmoil now seeks to end it

Updated: Nov 19, 2018, 10:23 IST | Agencies

The Indian Ocean nation has been paralysed since October 26 when Sirisena deposed Ranil Wickremesinghe as premier and replaced him with a former rival Mahinda Rajapakse

A supporter of Wickremesinghe wears a Sirisena mask. Pic/AFP
A supporter of Wickremesinghe wears a Sirisena mask. Pic/AFP

Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday called crucial talks with political leaders in a bid to end a power struggle with the prime minister he sacked last month.

The Indian Ocean nation has been paralysed since October 26 when Sirisena deposed Ranil Wickremesinghe as premier and replaced him with a former rival Mahinda Rajapakse. Wickremesinghe insists he is still prime minister while parliament voted twice last week to reject Rajapakse.

"President Sirisena will chair a meeting of representatives of political parties in parliament today," his office said in a statement, adding, "The president has called this meeting in order to end the current political unrest and conflict situation and to allow the normal functioning of the parliament."

After the second vote against Rajapakse on Friday, Wickremesinghe demanded that his government be restored, but there has been no response from Sirisena yet. Wickremesinghe has said he was ready to work with Sirisena despite their personality clash.

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