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US, Commonwealth press for early convening of Lankan Parliament to end political crisis

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

The and the have sought reconvening of the to allow the elected representatives to have their say in resolving the political crisis in the island nation.

is facing a major constitutional crisis sparked by Maithripala Sirisena's move to oust Ranil Wickremesinghe, replace him with ex-and suspend Parliament.

Amidst growing international pressure on Sirisena to summon the Parliament to allow Wickremesinghe to seek a vote of confidence, US to met with on Tuesday.

"of Parliament Hon. @KaruOnline to discuss the importance of Parliament reconvening to put an end to this political crisis.

"These democratic institutions should serve the people of #SriLanka; let the elected representatives have their say," Teplitz tweeted.

has said that it was "very closely" following the developments in and hoped that democratic values and the constitutional process there will be respected.

has voiced concern over the political crisis in Sri Lanka, urging Sirisena to revert to parliamentary procedures and allow Parliament to vote "as soon as possible".

Meanwhile, the Patricia Scotland's on Monday issued a statement, saying she has noted the decision by President Sirisena to reconvene Parliament on November 14.

The Scotland emphasised the importance of the role of Parliament as provided for under the Constitution and expressed hope that Parliament would meet as soon as possible to resolve the current crisis in the country.

The Secretary-General referred to the Charter, adopted in 2012 by all the Commonwealth member states which specifically refers to the responsibility of governments, political parties and to uphold and promote democratic culture and practices.

The Commonwealth is an association of 53 independent states that are mostly former territories of the

The Secretary-General encouraged the political leaders and people of Sri Lanka to engage in "constructive dialogue" and ensure that the country's constitution and the rule of law is upheld, the statement said.

"The Commonwealth remains ready to assist and will collaborate with other international partners to provide support if required by the Government and people of Sri Lanka," it said.

Ousted premier Wickremesinghe has refused to vacate his official residence, insisting he is the and that the president had no constitutional right to replace him.

Critics of President Sirisena say he suspended Parliament to allow Rajapaksa more time to gather enough support to survive a no-confidence vote when lawmakers meet on November 14.

Parliament Jayasuriya said on Monday that he will not recognise the new appointments until either side is able to prove it has a majority.

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 16:20 IST
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