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Lanka crisis: Rajapaksa short of 'magic number' to prove premiership, says spokesperson

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

Sri Lankan strongman and former remains short of the 'magic number' 113 required to prove his majority in Parliament, his acknowledged Friday, days ahead of the floor test in the House.

is facing a major constitutional crisis after ousted and replaced him with and suspended Parliament.

Without specifying the exact figure of the lawmakers supporting Rajapaksa, (UPFA) told reporters, "At the moment we have 105 to 106 MPs."

Rambukwella is one of the ministers appointed after the political crisis erupted on October 26. He is currently the incumbent Media and

Sirisena had earlier claimed at a public rally that he has the support of 113 parliamentarians in the 225-member House to prove the premiership of

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

With eight and one legislators defecting to the Rajapaksa camp, the former was hopeful of passing the floor test.

Sirisena had suspended parliamentary proceedings until November 16 after abruptly firing Wickremesinghe and replacing him with Rajapaksa.

However, owing to domestic and international pressure, Sirisena later issued a notice to reconvene Parliament on November 14.

The sudden constitutional crisis came amid growing tensions between Sirisena and Wickremesinghe on several policy matters and the President has been critical of the and his policies, especially on economy and security.

Meanwhile, Wickremsinghe remains confident of proving his majority in Parliament.

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

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 18:15 IST