Sri Lanka Crisis: Sirisena’s all party meeting fails

After removing Prime Minister Wickremesinghe from his constitutional position, President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena is facing all the heat to bring a solution for the stalled political situation in the island nation. To this effect, the President had conveyed an all party meeting on Sunday. The meeting did not yield any significant breakthrough to reinstall democracy.

The unexpected Sri Lanka crisis was created by the one and only head of the Country, president Maithripala Sirisena when he sacked Wickremesinghe to replace him with Mahinda Rajapaksa. Later the Supreme Court overturned the decision mandating a floor test.

With parliamentarians turning towards violent methods of using chilli powder and throwing furniture during the sessions, President Serisena had no other choice but to conduct an emergency all-party meeting. It was also the first time that Sirisena, Wickremesinghe and Rajapaksa met each other after the crisis situation erupted on October 26.

On the other hand, the People’s Liberation Front stayed away from the meeting and released a letter stating that the creator of the crisis “Sirisena” must bring an end to it and that the party had no reason to attend the meeting.

The Rajapaksa government had failed the confidence motion thrice and is still reluctant to give up with the backing up of the President. It also demanded for electronic voting or voting by the name to prove majority. It amuses many, as to what would Sirisena discuss through an all party meeting when Rajapaksa did not have the majority officially!

Whatever be the case, Sri Lankan citizens are openly showing their anguish over the social media on the entailing political crisis. It also paved way for several debates on reducing the powers of the President to maintain balance in distribution of constitutional powers.