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Sri Lanka speaker says won’t accept Rajapaksa as PM until he proves a majority

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Sri Lanka’s newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa who replaced ousted Ranil Wickremesinghe. (AFP pic))

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s speaker of parliament said on Monday he would not accept a former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, as the new prime minister until he proves he commands a majority in parliament.

President Maithripala Sirisena fired the sitting prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, on Oct. 26 and appointed Rajapaksa in his place, sparking a political crisis.

Wickremesinghe has denounced his dismissal as unconstitutional and vowed to remain prime minister until parliament votes him out.

“The majority of members are of the view that the changes … are unconstitutional and against traditions,” the speaker of parliament, Karu Jayasuriya, said in a statement.

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