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Sri Lanka Tamils push parliament to end crisis

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Sri Lanka has been gripped by constitutional turmoil since President Maithripala Sirisena (L) sacked his former ally, prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (R), and his cabinet on October 26. (AFP pic)

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party on Sunday urged the president to reconvene parliament and end a worsening political crisis, as the minority ethnic community emerge as kingmakers in the power struggle.

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) could tip the balance should parliament be recalled this week to decide between two rivals both claiming the lawful right to head Sri Lanka’s government.

Sri Lanka has been gripped by constitutional turmoil since President Maithripala Sirisena sacked his former ally, prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and his cabinet on October 26.

Wickremesinghe says his dismissal was illegal as he commands a greater majority in parliament than Mahinda Rajapakse, the former strongman president controversially installed in his place.

The TNA has already said it would vote against Rajapakse in a no-confidence motion when parliament reconvenes….

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