Sri Lanka Has Neither a Prime Minister Nor a Cabinet of Ministers For the First Time in Island Nation’s 70 Year Post -Independence Parliamentary History.

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe smiles during a convention of his United National Party (UNP) in Colombo on July 11, 2015. Wickremesinghe's UNP has secured the crucial support of a party of Buddhist monks and other smaller parties to contest August pareliamentary elections. AFP PHOTO / Ishara S. KODIKARA (Photo credit should read Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka Has Neither a Prime Minister Nor a Cabinet of Ministers For the First Time in Island Nation’s 70 Year Post -Independence Parliamentary History.

Given the deep seated conflict between President Maithripala Sirisena and ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the stalemate over who should be Prime Minister is not likely to end anytime soon.

After the Court of Appeal on Monday stayed the functioning of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister and his colleagues as ministers, Rajapaksa and his ministers had stopped attending office.

All government work is now being done by President Maithripala Sirisena with the help of the Secretaries of the various ministries.

V.Anandasangaree, a very senior Tamil politician who was MP for Kilinochchi in the 1970s and is currently leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) said: “Never has anything like this happened before.”

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