Don’t act like Hitler, Ranil Wickremesinghe tells Sri Lankan President Sirisena

Don’t act like Hitler, Ranil Wickremesinghe tells Sri Lankan President Sirisena

The court issued its order on Monday after 122 members of Sri Lanka's parliament, who are allied with ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, filed a legal action on November 23 challenging Rajapaksa's authority as prime minister.

Sri Lanka's prime minister is appealing a court decision that temporarily bars him and his cabinet from carrying out official duties, amid a constitutional crisis that has left the island nation without effective leadership. "He is an unsuitable politician for the country", he said.

"The president has to appoint me prime minister as I command a majority in Parliament", he said.

The dynamic between the two leaders, who formed Sri Lanka's first national unity government in 2015, has been deteriorating over the last three years.

File image of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa. However, vowing to resolve the crisis in "seven days", Mr. Sirisena told his supporters on Tuesday: "I have always taken decisions in the best interest of the country and the people".

The Appeal Court issued notice and an interim order against Rajapaksa and his Government, preventing them from acting as Prime Minister, Cabinet and Deputy Ministers, Colombo Gazette reported.

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Their position "was that Rajapakse had no legitimacy after losing two no-confidence motions", lawyer and legislator M. A. Sumanthiran told reporters after the decision. Unable to muster the required numbers in the House, their MPs have refused to accept the outcome - of a majority voting against Mr. Rajapaksa and his purported government.

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.

President Maithripala Sirisena, who appointed Rajapakse, dismissed parliament last month but the Supreme Court intervened to restore it.

The respondents, who have maintained that his executive powers allowed him to do so, will make their submissions on Wednesday.

The justices are expected to make a final decision on that move on Friday.

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