Lankan leader to convene parliament next week

Sri Lanka,Ranil Wickremesinghe,Maithripala Sirisena

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Attempts to win over MP defectors intensified in Sri Lanka's constitutional crisis Saturday amid growing pressure to let the suspended parliament hold a vote on the two rivals who each claim to be prime minister.

However, there has been no statement from President Sirisena or Prime Minister Rajapakse since then.

Namal's comments are aimed at persuading the legislators in Sri Lanka's main Tamil party - Tamil National Alliance (TNA) - to switch their allegiance to Rajapaksa in his bid to prove majority in the parliament. Most of the 22 remaining MPs, including the TNA, are likely to oppose Rajapakse, observers said.

Wickremesinghe has urged the Speaker to convene parliament immediately so he could prove his majority while his party, the United National Party, said they were discussing the possibility of impeaching the president over his "unconstitutional" move to sack the prime minister.

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Huge amounts are reportedly being offered to defectors.

Guterres offered United Nations help to broker a dialogue between all the parties.

"We appeal to you not to allow parliament to be put up for sale". To discuss this issue in more detail, Andrew Korybko is joined by Shenali Waduge, independent political analyst from Sri Lanka, and Jagath Perera, political activist from Colombo, Sri Lanka.

It expressed alarm at ministerial positions being given for changing political loyalties. There was confusion since Thursday on the date when the parliamentary deadlock would end as Sirisena had suspended the sittings until November 16.

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Wickremesinghe survived a no-confidence motion in Parliament in April brought by Rajapaksa supporters over allegations involving his appointment of a Singaporean as the central bank governor, who is now accused of leaking inside information to benefit his son-in-law in a treasury bond sale.

The Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland called on the political leadership and national instituitions to uphold the constitution.

Newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse, who was sworn in last Friday after the president sacked Wickremesinghe, told journalists on Thursday that President Sirisena had informed him that the parliament would convene on November 5 in order to settle the ongoing political crisis.

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