Sri Lanka's president summons parliament amid political crisis

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Addressing the "Jana Mahimaya" political rally organized by UPFA and several political groups in support of the present government at the Parliamentary Roundabout today, President Sirisena said the appointment was made in accordance with the Constitution and within the legal framework of the country.

Lawmakers want a vote in parliament on President Maithripala Sirisena's decision to sack Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appoint Rajapaksa in his place, Sri Lankan house speaker Karu Jayasuriya said in a statement on Monday.

Critics say the suspension of Parliament was meant to give Rajapaksa time to gather enough support to survive a no-confidence vote when lawmakers reconvene November 14.

Wickremsinghe's United National Party (UNP) on Monday said Sirisena's decision to summon parliament on November 14 will not lead to the resolving of the constitutional crisis.

Speaker of Sri Lanka's parliament has said he will not accept Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new prime minister until he proves a majority in 225-member parliament.

"Therefore, I am requested by the majority of the parliament to accept the position which was prior to these changes".

He asked the president to reconvene the parliament for a floor test and end the ongoing political crisis.

Wickremesinghe, who has challenged his dismissal and vowed to remain prime minister until parliament voted him out, said there were global concerns about a government led by Rajapaksa.

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Sirisena announced on Sunday that parliament would reconvene on November 14, a week later than he had promised, prolonging the power struggle that has crippled the country.

He said he hadn't received any money yet.

Rajapaksa claims he has enough numbers to prove his majority and at least six of Wickremasinghe's men have defected to his side.

The Tamil National Alliance, a coalition of parties representing the Tamils, vowed on Sunday that its 15 members would back the no-confidence motion against Rajapaksa.

Supporter of Mahinda Rajapaksa has is to organize a large rally near the Parliament in in Colombo Monday.

Former Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne, Cabinet, State, and Deputy Ministers, Parliamentarians, Provincial Council members, and members of Local Government bodies of the United People's Freedom Alliance, religious representatives, civil society organisations and Trade Union members joined the rally. Sirisena has also accused Wickremesinghe's government of not taking seriously an alleged assassination plot against him.

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.

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