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Amid political drama in Sri Lanka, US urges parties to follow Constitution

In its first reaction to the unfolding situation in Sri Lanka, the US State Department said it is following the development in the island nation.

Published: 27th October 2018 11:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th October 2018 11:05 AM   |  A+A-

(L-R) Mahinda Rajapaksa greets President Maithripala Sirisena after being sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka in a dramatic political development on 2 October 2018 after his party abruptly quit the ruling coalition. (Photo | Twitter)

By PTI

WASHINGTON: The United States urged political parties in Sri Lanka on Friday to abide by the Constitution and refrain from violence, as the latter country faces a constitutional crisis after its president ousted the prime minister.

Controversial Sri Lankan strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa staged a dramatic political comeback on Friday, becoming the new prime minister after President Maithripala Sirisena sacked premier Ranil Wickremesinghe who termed the move as "unconstitutional" and vowed to prove his majority in Parliament.

In its first reaction to the unfolding situation in Sri Lanka, the US State Department said it is following the development in the island nation.

"We call on all parties to act in accordance with SL's Constitution, refrain from violence, and follow due process," the State Department said in a tweet.

"We expect gov of SL to uphold its Geneva commitments to human rights, reform, accountability, justice, and reconciliation," the South and Central Asia Bureau of the State Department said.

The move that took the island nation by surprise came amid growing tensions between Sirisena and Wickremesinghe on several policy matters even as the President remained critical of the Prime Minister and his policies, especially on economy and security.

Reacting sharply to his sacking, Wickremesinghe asserted that the swearing-in of Rajapaksa is "illegal and unconstitutional" and he will prove his majority in Parliament.



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