Former president Mahinda Rajapakse’s Party fired the first salvo against President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday saying his move had crippled the country and demanded that parliament be summoned immediately.
Kumar Welgama, a former minister in Rajapaksa’s cabinet, said Sirisena had made Sri Lanka the butt-end of jokes around the world and the issue of the prime minister should be resolved through the legislature.
“Our country is going down the precipice. No one is working in government offices,” Welgama told reporters after a meeting with parliamentary officials. “Public servants want to know who the real PM is. People are confused.”
Welgama who is a senior member of Rajapakse’s party said he wanted the suspension of parliament ended for the two men to face a vote on the floor of the House to decide who commands a majority.