COLOMBO (AFP) – President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday (Nov 25) reignited the political crisis that has crippled Sri Lanka’s government for more than a month, vowing never to reappoint arch-rival Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister.
Mr Wickremesinghe’s party has a majority in Parliament and Mr Sirisena’s bid to bring back the country’s former strongman Mahinda Rajapakse has already failed.
But Mr Sirisena choked back tears in a meeting with foreign correspondents as he accused Mr Wickremesinghe, whom he sacked on Oct 26, of being “highly corrupt”.
“Even if the UNP has the majority I told them not to bring Ranil Wickremesinghe before me, I will not make him prime minister,” he said, referring to Mr Wickremesinghe’s United National Party.
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