Maithripala Sirisena: Sri Lankan Parliament to reconvene on Nov 14

Maithripala Sirisena: Sri Lankan Parliament to reconvene on Nov 14

Maithripala Sirisena: Sri Lankan Parliament to reconvene on Nov 14

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had run a military campaign for a separate Tamil homeland in the northern and eastern provinces of the island nation for almost 30 years before its collapse in 2009 after the Sri Lankan Army killed its supreme leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) could tip a vote to decide between the two rivals and has already said it would vote against Rajapakse in a no-confidence motion when parliament reconvenes.

Addressing the "Jana Mahimaya" political rally organized by UPFA and several political groups in support of the present government at the Parliamentary Roundabout today, President Sirisena said the appointment was made in accordance with the Constitution and within the legal framework of the country.

The statement was fuel at Rajapaksa's five-hour rally.

Wickremesinghe told The Sunday Morning in an exclusive brief interview that he remained confident that he would have the numbers to show in Parliament and remain as Prime Minister.

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He said he fired the prime minister because Wickremesinghe was trying to implement "a new, extreme liberal political concept by giving more priority for foreign policies and neglecting the local people's sentiment".

GL Peiris, a leading Rajapaksa backer, however said the no confidence motion can not be taken up in a hurry.

The Tamil party's 15 votes could give Wickremesinghe's camp a decisive edge over Rajapaksa.

Speaking in the Tamil language, Rajapaksa promised to fulfill the Tamil people's needs.

While stressing that they won't allow anyone to break the unity between the President and the Prime Minister by spreading rumours, the Premier also requested all the minority political parties to join with them on behalf of their people in each and every part of the country to develop the country.

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Rajapaksa is seen as a hero by the ethnic Sinhalese majority for winning the conflict. In 2009 his iron-fisted rule ended a long and bloody civil war that claimed 100,000 lives. Thousands more are still missing.

Among the crowd Monday was Basil Ros, 58, a fisherman from the village of Negombo.

The Prime Minister was addressing the "Rata Rakina Jana Mahimaya" public protest rally at the Parliament Junction, Battaramulla. "They might pay; they might not".

Details of the alleged plot have not been disclosed and Wickremesinghe has repeatedly denied the accusation.

"I do by this Proclamation summon Parliament to meet at the Chamber of Parliament? on the Fourteenth day of November, 2018 at 10.00 am", Sirisena said in an official proclamation.

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"Even if there are threats, pressure and forces, I will only move forward and will not take a step back", he said.

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