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MEA Welcomes The Resolution Of The Political Situation In Sri Lanka

Written By Apoorva Rao | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Following the swearing-in of Ranil Wickremesinghe as PM of the Ministry of External Affairs on Sunday has welcomed the resolution of the political situation in Sri Lank
  • MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "As  a close neighbour and true friend, India welcomes the resolution of the political situation in Sri Lanka. This is a reflection of the maturity demonstrated by all political forces, and  also of the resilience of Sri Lankan democracy and its  institutions

Following the swearing-in of Ranil Wickremesinghe as PM of the Ministry of External Affairs on Sunday has welcomed the resolution of the political situation in Sri Lanka.

MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "As  a close neighbour and true friend, India welcomes the resolution of the political situation in Sri Lanka. This is a reflection of the maturity demonstrated by all political forces, and  also of the resilience of Sri Lankan democracy and its  institutions. India remains committed to taking forward its people oriented development projects in Sri Lanka. We are confident that India-Sri Lanka relations will continue to move on an upward trajectory."

Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka after almost two-months post the island nation that had crippled the government by firing him. 

Wickremesinghe, the UNP leader, was administered the oath of office by President Maithripala Sirisena, who had sacked him on October 26 in a controversial move which shoved the island nation into an unprecedented constitutional crisis.

Wickremesinghe had refused to step down claiming that his sacking was unconstitutional and illegal.

READ: All You Need To Know About Sri Lanka's Escalating Political Turmoil

He was re-appointed on November 16, a day after former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on Saturday. The resignation of the strongman installed by the Prime Minister by the President Sirisena came after two crucial Supreme Court verdicts that made his attempts to grasp to premiership indefensible. 

According to media reports, a new Cabinet will be sworn in on Monday. The Cabinet will consist of 30 members and include six Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) parliamentarians.

Earlier, the newly re-appointed Prime Minister’s party said that they were willing to work with President Sirisena who was “misled by some groups” against the unity government. 

UNP deputy leader Sajith Premadasa said that he was not surprised that the President had agreed to appoint Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister again despite taking a firm position earlier that he will not appoint the UNP leader. "This showed the true character of the President," he was quoted as saying by the Colombo Gazette.

Premadasa said that the President was "misled by some groups who were against the unity Government" and this resulted in the President removing Wickremesinghe. "But now the truth has prevailed," he said. "The party is prepared to work with Sirisena again in the government."

Premadasa said, "The lessons from the incident must be used to strengthen the foundation of democracy and promote justice and fairness."

Rajapaksa, 73, had sought to secure a majority in the 225-member Parliament but failed. Sirisena then dissolved Parliament and called snap elections on January 5.

However, the Supreme Court overturned his decision and halted the preparations for snap polls.

The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously clarified that the dissolution of Parliament by Sirisena was "illegal".

The apex court on Friday also denied to stay a court order restraining Rajapaksa from holding the office of Prime Minister until it fully heard the case next month.

(With agencies' inputs)

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