Sri Lanka to lift parliament suspension in 10 days

Sri Lanka to lift parliament suspension in 10 days

Rajapaksa claims he now has enough numbers to prove his majority and at least five of Wickremasinghe's men have defected to his side.

On Friday, Jayasuriya said Sirisena has agreed to summon Parliament on November 7.

The president suspended parliament for 20 days until November 16 after sacking Wickremesinghe, in a move to put off a parliamentary vote that would have gone against his choice for prime minister.

Sri Lanka is in a constitutional crisis, torn between two leaders, both of whom claim to be its legitimate prime minister. The alliance had "decided to vote in favour of the no-confidence motion against Rajapaksa", the statement added. He was made a deputy minister.

Lawmakers from Rajapaksa's party have denied the allegations.

Amid the ongoing political tension, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Sri Lanka Hanaa Singer has met Sirisena and Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, delivering Guterres' message for the need to respect democratic values and constitutional provisions.

But Sirisena's suspension order leaves him with no option but to seek the consent of the president to recall the assembly. "We did not offer money to anybody, we don't have money to offer to anybody", said one of its legislators, Mahindananda Aluthgamage.

Adding an extra flair of worldwide drama to everything is that President Sirisena recently alleged that a shadowy assassination plot was being hatched against him, which he confirmed on Sunday was the main reason why he sacked his Prime Minister.

"I have a recording of a conversation with a VVIP which I will play very soon", Bandara said.

According to latest counts, Wickremesinghe has 103 MPs while Rajapakse and Sirisena together have 100.

Most of the remaining 21 MPs - including the TNA - are set to oppose Rajapakse, observers said. "The police must take action immediately".

Parliamentarians, including ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, have urged for an urgent parliamentary session, to identify which party held the majority in the House.

Wickremesinghe said in an interview with The Associated Press that there is credible evidence that Rajapaksa's party is attempting to buy support in Parliament.

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