Constitutional Crisis – ” Only four or five diplomats are making a fuss. All the others are silent.”
President Maithripala Sirisena claims that only a few diplomats are concerned about the political situation and constitutional issues in Sri Lanka.
Then it was pointed out that no country had officially recognised the Mahinda Rajapaksa government, President Sirisena during a meeting with the Foreign Correspondents Association at his Paget Road residence in Colombo 7 on Sunday, said, ” Only four or five diplomats are making a fuss. All the others are silent”, so Mahinda is recognised.
He also alleged that former Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake had interfered with police investigations into certain cases, as a reference to the claim that ”President Maithiri interfered with police investigations and protected members of Rajapaksha family”.
The President said that in the case of the EAP transaction, a Singaporean company had been preferred, at nearly half the price that another interested buyer had offered. “I have evidence to prove that some politicians benefited from this deal.” He did not answer when the question was raised ”If you have evidence to prove some politicians benefited from this deal why have you not taken action against them?”
Asked why he had not used his presidential powers and speedily rescinded what he termed illegal transactions, Sirisena said that he had appointed a Commission to inquire into irregularities in State institutions, The dates of appointments were not available.
Sirisena accused Ranil Wickremesinghe, who maintains that he is the legitimate Prime Minister, of having taken arbitrary decisions through the Economic Council, causing the state assets including land to be sold to foreigners at very low prices when their much better offers, but he did not take any action against it or question Ranil.
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