Srilanka witnessed a sudden dramatical political event whereby the former president of Srilanka Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn in as the new prime minister of the country, yesterday. The newly sworn prime minister, through its Twitter account twitted a photo of him and Sirisena after the swearing-in ceremony and his tweet read "Former #SriLanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn in as new Prime Minister”. The Visuals of him taking oath as the newly inducted prime minister were released to media and was shown on TV channels across the country.
It has been reported that President Maithripala Sirisena has sacked the then Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. This abrupt event takes place when the president's broader political front United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) announced that its decision to quit the current unity government with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's United National Party (UNP). The unity government was formed in the year 2015 when Maithripala Sirisena was elected as the President with the support of Ranil Wickremesinghe, Which has resulted into the end of a nearly decade-long rule by the Mahinda Rajapaksa.
This move of the president has triggered angry reactions, the finance minister has termed the sudden development as an “anti-democratic coup”.The Political experts have forecasted that this move of the president to install Rajapaksa as the prime minister may lead to a constitutional crisis as the 19th amendment to the Constitution would not allow the sacking of Wickremesinghe as the premier without the consent of the majority. However, the fact remains that the Rajapaksa and Sirisena combine has only 95 seats and is short of a simple majority. While the Wickremesinghe’s led UNP has 106 seats on its own which is just seven short of the majority.
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