UNP leader says ready to show majority again
Sri Lanka’s ousted Prime Minister and the leader of the United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said the party will not allow the Constitution to be disregarded.
Speaking at a massive protest rally held this evening at the Lipton Circus in Colombo Thursday (15), the UNP leader said the party is prepared to show the majority in parliament once again if President Maithripala Sirisena refuses to accept the Speaker’s announcement.
He said a majority of MPs voted for the no confidence motion against Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Cabinet and the President cannot continue to disregard the result.
The UNP leader said his party will not allow Parliament to be dissolved once again and the UNP if necessary, is ready to hold an election according to the Constitution.
“We are not scared of holding an election; but only constitutionally. An unconstitutional election would bring about issues in legality when we win.”
Wickremesinghe reiterated that some speak of establishing a minority government but it is only possible if there is no challenge in Parliament. If there is an objection, a vote should be taken, he added.
The UNP leader said the Sirisena-Rajapaksa collaboration has lost the parliament. “They are being boycotted by both the parliament and the country. They only have the executive powers and the media left for them now. We should remove that executive power as well,” he stressed.
United National Party Parliamentarian Ajith P Perera said members of political parties, civil organizations, and the public as well clergy joined today?s rally.