Sri Lanka Political Crisis Ends : Ranil Wickremesinghe is reinstated as Prime Minister of


Ranil Wickremesinghe. Photograph credit – AFP

Sri Lanka’s political crisis seems to be calmed down after the reappointment of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Two days back Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son twitted that the temporary prime minister Rajapaksa is resigning and ongoing crisis in Sri Lanka is going to end very soon.

26 October – President Maithripala Sirisena suspended the existing prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister that ignited the political crisis in Sri Lanka.

29 October –Maithripala Sirisena and Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed a new cabinet  at the Presidential Secretariat. 

November 9 – The suspension of parliament  and upcoming  election by president Sirisena.

11 November – Mahinda Rajapaksa and 44 other members of parliament defected from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, led by President Maithripala Sirisena. 

November 24 and 16 –  Mahinda Rajapaksa was not successful in proving his majority two times in parliament but still he refused to give away prime ministership.

December 3 – A petition was filed by  one hundred twenty two  MPs against the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister and other ministers.. And  the Court  issued an interim order on  restraining the functioning of the Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister and other ministers. 

13 December- The Supreme Court ruled that President Sirisena’s decision to dissolve the Parliament 20 months before the end of its term was unconstitutional and asserted that the President cannot dissolve Parliament until it completes a four-and-a-half year term.

15 December – Ranil Wickremesinghe is reinstated as Prime Minister.


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