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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2464

Sri Lanka President and ousted PM Ranil in first face to face meet

Colombo, 14 December, (Asiantribune.com):

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has reportedly accepted that his appointed PM Mahinda Rajapaksa has no majority in the Parliament.

During a closed door meeting between the President and the ousted PM Ranil Wickremesinghe on the night of 13 December-the day of the Supreme Court verdict on parliament dissolution- President also stressed that he is ready for a new government as per the wishes of the majority in the house. Both the President and the ousted PM Wickremesinghe also focused on the new cabinet to be formed on Monday 17.

This was the first serious and face-to-face meeting between the President and the ousted PM Wickremesinghe since the political crisis erupted on 26 October.

Sources say that the meeting was ‘very cordial’ and a friendly atmosphere was seen. The focus of the talks was the ending of the current political crisis at the earliest. President also informed that he shall make ALL appointments based on the wishes of the majority in the house.

However, it is reported that ousted PM Wickremesinghe has not inquired from the President as to whether he would be re-appointed to the Premiership.

Tonight a special meeting between the President and Rajapaksa allied UPFA will take place, according to political sources. This meeting will focus on their future political activities.

- Asian Tribune -

Sri Lanka President and ousted PM Ranil in first face to face meet
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