Situation Report: SriLanka Constitutional Crisis

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26th October 2018:

President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday (Oct 26) sacked his Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointed former president Mahinda Rajapakse as the new premier, the president’s office said.

27th October 2018

2pm

Wimal Weeravansa gives an ultimatum till 8 am tomorrow for sacked PM Ranil Wickremesinghe to leave Temple Trees “if not we will have take action”.

11am

Sri Lankan Political parties are seen scrambling to align with the two main factions. Some parties have already made decisions pledging their alliances.

•Two MPs of Ceylon Workers Congress will support new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa: CWC MP Muththu Sivalingam

•Sri Lanka Muslim Congress says the party’s 7 MPs will support the leader of the United National Party Ranil Wickremesinghe

•Rishad Badurdeens’s party who has 6 MPs pledged support to UNP

10.50am

United National Front (UNF) sources say discussing possibility of bringing an impeachment motion against President Maithripala Sirisena. Using the opportunity to also show the group’s majority in parliament.

10.45am

A group of UNP Cabinet, State and Deputy Ministers will join the government led by new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa: MP SB Dissanayake.

10.30am

UNF leaders meet ousted PM Ranil Wickremesinghe short while ago

10am

SriLanka newspapers this morning.

9.30am

Crowds of UNPers have entered Temple Trees the official residence of Sri Lankan Prime Minister to protest

9am

Srilankan Finance Minister blasts President Maithripala Sirisena at an informal party meeting for sacking Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

8.00 am

SriLanka Police Chief IGP Pujith Jayasundara, Senior DIG Latiff of STF met the newly appointed PM Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksha is also in the picture.

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