The constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka continues.
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said in a letter to the president on Sunday that he continues to recognize ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the legitimate prime minister. The spokesman said Wickremesinghe "still has the confidence of the majority of Parliament."
On Friday, President Maithripala sacked Sirisena Wickremesinghe and replaced him with former strong president Mahinda Rajapakse. The president also dismissed the Cabinet and suspended the country's parliament until November 16.
Members of the Wickremesinghes government said the move on Friday was a coup.
Speaker Jayasuriya said in the letter: "I consider it my paramount duty, the rights and privileges of all MPs, especially in the context of the serious political ̵
The spokesman said : "I consider this request a democratic and fair request."
Wickremesinghe was defiant on Saturday and said he has majority support in parliament and has no plans to leave his post. "I have the majority, I will serve as Prime Minister, I will stay as Prime Minister."
"What the President should do now is convene Parliament and have a voice, which is the democratic way to solve this crisis," said Jehan Perera, Executive Director of Sri Lanka's bipartisan National Peace Council to the Associated Press. 19659002] Rajapakse struck down the decades-long uprising of the Tamil Tiger in Sir Lanka when he was in power, but he refused to acknowledge the abuses committed during the bloody civil war.
The US Department of State has called on both sides "act according to the Sri Lankan constitution, refrain from violence and obey the orderly conduct."