Former President Maithripala Sirisena charged his successor, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, had violated the Constitution, when appointing UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister last May.
He said it has been clearly stipulated in the Constitution, that an MP, who commands a majority, should be appointed as Prime Minister.
Thus, Sirisena argued that Rajapaksa had flouted the Constitution when he had invited the UNP Leader to take up the post, vacated by former PM Mahinda Rajapaksa.
“In my view, the President has violated the Constitution by appointing Wickremesinghe as PM,” he told a political talk show aired on a private television channel on 21 June.
“Further, the appointment of Wickremesinghe as PM is illegal and all decisions taken by him could be challenged in Court. That is why the SLFP has been calling for the resignation of this Administration and urging an All Party Government, to provide relief to the masses, till such time as an election can be held.”
Sirisena also challenged Wickremesinghe to show that he has a majority, to vindicate the President’s decision.
He added that several foreign envoys with whom he had held talks recently, had said they will bail out Sri Lanka only if a legitimate Government is in place.
They had indicated they do not want to deal with stop-gap regimes or those cobbled together.
The former President stressed the envoys had informed him that they will continue to monitor the political situation till constructive changes take place.
He said the people had lost faith in the Government.
Sirisena opined that the only way out of this mess is to hold a snap General Election. (JK)