Sri Lanka’s “sacked” PM claims majority in House

Nov 01, 2018, 7:39 AM EDT
Sri Lanka's ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
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Sri Lanka’s ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe claimed that he enjoys the confidence of the majority of the members of the parliament ahead of a session on November 5 when the legislators will choose between him and newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The island nation plunged into a political crisis last week after President Maithripala Sirisena, in an “unconstitutional” move, sacked Wickremesinghe and his cabinet and named Rajapaksa as the new PM, writes the BBC.

Amid growing pressure to end the stalemate, the president has revoked the suspension of the parliament, a move that Wickremesinghe hailed as the victory of people as he prepares to prove his majority on the floor of the House, reports Al Jazeera.