Sri Lankan PresidentMaithripala Sirisena has issued a gazette for convening Parliament on the 14thof this month, two days before schedule. The President had, earlier, prorogued Parliament till 16th November after swearing in Mahinda Rajapaksa as the newPrime Minister. However, the ousted PM Ranil Wickremsinghe maintained that hehas majority in the House and demanded an early session to prove it. 118 of 225 MPs inParliament have brought a no confidence motion against Mr Rajapaksa.
Yesterday, thePresident sworn-in four new ministers including one MP who crossed over fromthe side of Mr Wickremsinghe. Meanwhile, the alliance supporting Mr. Rajapaksais organizing a big rally near Parliament in Colombo today to show theirstrength. Hundreds of security personnel are being deployed.
Supporters of MrWickremsinghe had gathered in Colombo yesterday to protest against his removaland demand for early Parliament session.