Allow parliament to vote: UN chief tells Sri Lankan President
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged Sri Lanka’s President to allow parliament to vote on the appointment of a prime minister to end a political crisis in the island nation.
Guterres on Friday spoke by phone with President Maithripala Sirisena, who set off the crisis when he sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on October 26 and replaced him with former president Mahinda Rajapakse.
The UN chief told Sirisena that he was following developments in Sri Lanka “with concern,” and “urged the president to revert to parliamentary procedures and allow the parliament to vote as soon as possible,” a UN statement said.
Guterres offered United Nations help to broker a dialogue between all the parties.
Sri Lanka’s speaker has summoned parliament to meet next week after the president had suspended the assembly until November 16.
Wickremesinghe has refused to accept the dismissal and has remained bunkered at the prime minister’s official residence for the past week.
The United States has also called on the president to reconvene parliament.
Readout of the UN Secretary-General’s phone call with President Sirisena:
The Secretary-General spoke by telephone with Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka, on 1 November.
The Secretary-General informed the President that he was following the latest developments in Sri Lanka with concern and offered assistance in facilitating a dialogue with all the parties to resolve the situation. He emphasized the Government’s responsibility to ensure peace, security and respect for the rule of law.
The Secretary-General urged the President to revert to Parliamentary procedures and allow the Parliament to vote as soon as possible. He encouraged the Government to uphold its earlier commitments to human rights, justice and reconciliation, in line with Human Rights Council resolutions.
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The UN has become an absolutely IMPOTENT institution. It has allowed itself to become a vassal institution to the US of A and the West and has therefore become de facto an obsolete institution. Look at the horrific civilian killings, human misery, utter devastation and chaos in the ILLEGAL WARS in Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, and Syria and where was the UN. OH WHERE INDEED WAS THE UN ???? but Lo and Behold, the UN Sec. General is now CONCERNED at the CONSTITUTIONAL removal of office of a failed PM by the President, a completely internal affair of Sri Lanka. Under the guise of DEMOCRACY, sovereign countries are unethically subjugated into submission and even the UN does not appear to have realised it or condones it. Perhaps, the so-called DEMOCRACY is the real problem !!
I am not a fan of any political party. But can see the situation without being biased to any person or party.
1. According to constitution there is no requirement of vote in the parliament.
2. All must stick to the constitution. That is what UN should insist.
3. If there is any clarifications needed constitution itself says go to supreme court.
President has not violated the rule and law. But Wickramasinghe’s paarty bringing up there argument by saying no need to refer the matter to supreme court. UN should simply suggest to go for the decision at supreme courts. That is democracy
Who are these wankers telling us what to do.
The 19th Amendmet is to be annulled when Parliament meets next.
It is the 19th amendment which is preventing the Politico Whizz, Basil R, from assuming a rightful chair in the house.
The 19th amendment to the constitution will immediately be annulled, says former minister of the central provincial council Pramitha Bandara Tennakoon.
Speaking at a media briefing held by the SLPP, he said the amendment failed the litmus test and would be done away with for the country’s security and future.
The amendment, brought in by a minority government, created various problems and is a defeated one now, he said.
This amendment prevents dual citizens from running for or getting elected to parliament.
It is considered a hurdle in the way of granting SLPP founder Basil Rajapaksa a parliamentary seat and handing him the country’s economic affairs.