UN Secretary General asks Sri Lanka's President to allow Parliament vote ASAP

UN Secretary General asks Sri Lanka's President to allow Parliament vote ASAP

UN Secretary General asks Sri Lanka's President to allow Parliament vote ASAP

Guterres offered United Nations help to broker a dialogue between all the parties.

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday announced that he would lift the suspension of parliament in 10 days as global pressure mounted on him to open the legislature and resolve a leadership struggle.

Meanwhile, thousands of supporters continue to occupy Wickremesinghe's official residence saying they would resist any move by Sirisena to evict their prime minister. A statement from the party added that the alliance had "decided to vote in favor of the no-confidence motion against Rajapakse".

Sirisena sacked Wickremesinghe just hours after his United People's Freedom Alliance quit the country's national coalition government.

UN Secretary-General had urged President Sirisena to revert to Parliamentary procedures and allow the Parliament to vote as soon as possible.

President addressing the nation, recently, said the plot to assassinate him had prompted him to appoint former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the PM and confirmed the involvement of a Cabinet Minister too in this plot. Details of the alleged plot have not been disclosed and Wickremesinghe has repeatedly denied the accusation.

The President had prorogued the parliament for 11 days, from October 27 to November 16, by issuing an Extraordinary Gazette Notification published by the Presidential Secretariat. Jayasuriya, in a meeting with political party legislators, said President Sirisena had in a telephone conversation informed him that parliament would convene on November 7 and a gazette notification would be issued either Friday or Saturday.

Tensions had been building between Sirisena and Wickremesinghe for some time, as the president did not approve of economic reforms introduced by the prime minister. He was also critical of investigations into military personnel accused of human rights violations during Sri Lanka's long civil war, which ended in 2009. Rajapaksa is credited as a hero by Sri Lanka's ethnic Sinhalese majority for ending the conflict with a faction from the ethnic Tamil minority population.

Wickremesinghe told The Associated Press on Friday that members of the newly formed government under Marinda Rajapaksa have offered lawmakers positions and money in exchange for their support.

He argues that he can not legally be removed until he loses the support of Parliament and called for a floor test to prove his majority.

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