US, EU ask , Sri Lanka to follow Constitution

European Union, US and UK have urged political parties in Sri Lanka to follow the Constitution and refrain from violence. The EU delegation, in a statement, urged Sri Lankan parties  to follow due institutional process and respect freedom of media.

The statement said, the Ambassador of the EU as well as those of France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania and UK, are closely following the events as they are unfolding in the island nation.

The US State Department said its expects government of Sri Lanka to uphold its Geneva commitments to human rights, reform, accountability, justice, and reconciliation.

Meanwhile, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled address the nation today amidst political turmoil in the wake of swearing-in of Mahinda Rajapakse as new Prime minister. He is to brief the nation on the circumstances that led to his decision to sack Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister.

Amid political crisis in Sri Lanka,  President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday prorogued the parliament till November 16.

The move came a day after he appointed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as new Prime Minister, replacing Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The group led by Mr. Rajapaksa said they will prove their majority on the floor of Parliament on the day it is convened.

However, Mr. Wickremsinghe maintained he is still the Prime minister claiming parliamentary majority is with him. Mr. Wickremsinghe today addressed a press conference with leaders of smaller parties indicating that the coalition is almost intact.

United National Party (UNP) led by him has decided to organize a protest march against the President’s decision in Colombo on Monday.

Meanwhile, Mr. Rajapaksa held a meeting with his MPs to brief them on circumstances leading to his swearing in. There was no immediate announcement regarding cabinet formation but a meeting is scheduled in this regard at the President’s office this evening.

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