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Lanka crisis: Rajapaksa has support of 113 MPs to prove premiership, says Prez Sirisena

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

Sri Lankan on Monday claimed he has the support of 113 parliamentarians to prove the premiership of Rajapaksa.

His comments came after Lankan earlier in the day slammed Sirisena's "unconstitutional and undemocratic" actions to and suspend Parliament, saying he will not recognise Rajapaksa as the new unless he wins a floor test.

"We have already got our 113 MPs, I will not take back the step I have taken forward... have taken all steps in accordance with the constitution," told a public rally, referring to his decision to sack Wickremesinghe.

suspended parliamentary proceedings until November 16 after abruptly firing Wickremesinghe and replacing him with Rajapaksa, a controversial former president, on October 26.

The had expected parliament to reconvene on November 7. However, Sirisena Sunday issued notice to reconvene Parliament on November 14.

Wickremesinghe, whose party dubbed the move a "constitutional coup", refused to vacate his official residence, saying he is the and that the has no constitutional right to replace him.

The rally, attended by thousands of supporters, was the first public show of Sirisena and Rajapaksa together after the island nation plunged into a constitutional crisis.

With eight and one legislators defecting to Rajapaksa camp, he is now just eight seats short of the 'magic number' 113 to prove his majority in the 225-member House.

While addressing the rally, Sirisena said before opting for Rajapaksa as his prime ministerial choice, he had offered the premiership position to Jayasuriya and Sajith Premadasa. "However, both of them refused to challenge their leader," Sirisena said.

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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 22:45 IST