British media: Sri Lankan speaker said the president engaged in a "no violence" coup

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British media: Sri Lankan speaker said the president engaged in a "no violence" coup

2018-11-08 00:25:00 19 ℃

Reference News Network reported on November 8 British media said that Sri Lankan Speaker Jaya Surya said that the president’s dismissal of the prime minister and the appointment of a former president as prime minister are not Violent coup.

According to Reuters reported on November 6, Jaya Surya is a key figure in the country’s political deadlock since October 26. President Sirisena dismissed Prime Minister Wickler Masinha on the same day and announced that former President Rajapaksa was appointed as the new prime minister.

Jaya Surya said in a letter to the diplomatic corps on November 5 that "the entire series of events can only be called a coup, although there are no tanks and guns."

He added, "The whole incident is pre-planned."

The report stated that Wickler Masingha had refused to move out of the prime minister’s residence and insisted that he would still be the prime minister unless the parliament voted to remove him.

Sirisena has ordered the suspension of parliamentary activities. Opponents of Rajapaksa said the move was to prevent the parliament from voting to reject him as prime minister.