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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has called President Maithripala Sirisena’s sacking of prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to bring former president Mahinda Rajapaksa back to power a non-violent coup, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

“The entire series of events can only be described as a coup, albeit one without the use of tanks and guns,” Speaker Jayasuriya has said in a letter dated November 5 to diplomats and foreign missions, adding the “entire matter was pre-planned”.

Mr. Jayasuriya says the majority of parliamentarians view the change in prime minister as unconstitutional. In the letter he said some of them were offered bribes and ministerial jobs to support the new government.

He accused Sirisena of acting “contrary to all norms of transparency, decency, democracy and good governance, and contrary to the constitution which he has sworn to uphold and defend.”

Meanwhile, a foreign ministry official has told Reuters that some foreign envoys have said they will only recognize Rajapaksa as prime minister after he can prove he has support of a majority in parliament.

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  • jayantha Wednesday, 07 November 2018 04:32 PM

    People should rise against the stakeholders of the coup, Including the so called President of Sri Lanka.

    Unchikun Wednesday, 07 November 2018 04:33 PM

    We the ordinary citizens where shocked when this unfolded on a Friday night. It is good the Speaker is making this statement. As this is not a democratically elected government sanctions and travel bands needs to be put into effect urgently.

    Ins Wednesday, 07 November 2018 04:41 PM

    Finally, the correct opinion coming out from the speaker!

    Sils Wednesday, 07 November 2018 04:51 PM

    SPOT ON! Now when you look back, one could believe that Sira leaving MR in 2014 in order to bring him back into power in the future, was also a part of the plan! What craftiness!!!

    Johan Wednesday, 07 November 2018 04:51 PM

    His statement finds some sort of maturity and seniority.Actually he should be the President of this country.Others are playboys

    Lal Silva Wednesday, 07 November 2018 04:51 PM

    This is a strange country, first time a coup by money not guns. I have heard American CIA did a similar thing in Irean to bring Shar to power. This is done by China. Even secret of the parliament is bribed. But there is a contrast. Lot of people are happy about it. However, that is also part of the coup. The perpetrators manage to bribe the media for someone to make people hate present government. This is a master plan, a long term plan. Like what happened in Iran, when the public realise what happened it will be too late.

    ANTON Wednesday, 07 November 2018 05:00 PM

    AND THERE ARE MINISTERS IN THE PARLIAMENT WITHOUT SEATS.

    seqi Thursday, 08 November 2018 02:42 PM

    They don't need seats they have become permanent fixtures.

    Ben Thursday, 08 November 2018 10:24 AM

    So what happens to people with duel citizen ships who master minded the operation.?

    manoj.m Thursday, 08 November 2018 10:47 PM

    Dont believe him. Coup was to assassinate president by former PM hence he choosed another PM constitutionally.


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