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President says he will not reappoint Ranil Wickremasinghe as Prime Minister

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By ITN News Editor November 26, 2018 19:30

President says he will not reappoint Ranil Wickremasinghe as Prime Minister

President Maithripala Sirisena has said that he will not reappoint Ranil Wickremasinghe on any occasion and that this has been clearly intimated to the United National Party. The President expressed this view when he met a group of foreign correspondents last afternoon.

President Maithripala Sirisena met foreign correspondents last afternoon at the President’s Official Residence. The President elaborated to the foreign correspondents the purpose of the people of this country electing him as the President on January 08 2015. The President recalled that he had to select a new positive journey on behalf of the country and the nation, changing the Prime Ministers due to the continuous malpractices including the Central Bank robbery as well as due to the despotic conduct of the former Prime Minister. The President pointed out that the no confidence motion in Parliament on the 14th of this month was not presented according to the Standing Orders procedure. The President mentioned that in approving a No confidence in Parliament with respect to significant matters in relation to changing a Government a formal voting procedure such as the electronic voting method or voting by name should be used.
The President said he intends to appoint a Commission to inquire into malpractices that had taken place from 2015 to 26 October 2018 during the period in which Ranil Wickremasinghe served as the Prime Minister. More malpractices other than the Central Bank Bond scam will emerge during these investigations. The use of state power was unlimited. He queried whether he could continue with such a Government. He also queried as to which leader in a country had served in a Government with conspirators. The President said that the appointment of a Prime Minister, removal of the former Prime Minister, dissolution of Parliament, proroguing Parliament and dissolving the Cabinet were done legally and in accordance to the Constitution. He emphasized that he had not done anything going against the Constitution.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 26, 2018 19:30
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