Sri Lanka President says will end the political crisis in seven days

Sri Lanka President says will end the political crisis in seven days

A court in Sri Lanka suspended Mahinda Rajapakse's powers as prime minister on Monday and ruled his disputed cabinet could not govern the strife-torn island until it proved its legitimacy.

"According to the interim relief, Rajapaksa and his disputed government have been prevented from acting as PM, cabinet and deputy ministers", said a lawyer, who was present at the hearing.

The President can not say this is what I want.

Observing that President Maithripala Sirisena must not take "subjective decisions" pertaining to the Constitution, Sri Lanka's deposed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday said: "Don't be like Hitler and other dictators".

A majority of legislators asked the Court of Appeal last week to intervene, saying Rajapakse should not have remained in office after parliament passed motions against him.

As many as 122 parliamentarians of Wickeremesinghe's United National Party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and Tamil National Alliance last month filed a petition in the Court of Appeal challenging Rajapaksa's authority as the prime minister. In the votes, 103 legislators voted in favor of Rajapaksa.

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The Supreme Court is expected to announce its decision as early as Dec 7.

However, Wickremesinghe's UNP claims that Sirisena will be left with no choice as he would be the man who will command the confidence in the House.

The decision by the Court of Appeal on Monday is the latest setback to Sirisena and Rajapakse, whose attempt to take power almost two years ahead of the next elections plunged Sri Lanka into crisis.

"There is a possibility of withdrawing the gazette", said a source in regular discussion with Sirisena, referring to the official announcement by which the president dissolved parliament.

Wickremesinghe - who was unceremoniously dumped by his former ally Sirisena in a late-night power swap - says his sacking was illegal, and parliament supports his stake to lead the country.

Speaking further, president Sirisena said that Ranil Wickremesinghe destroyed the country, Good governance and the UNP.

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