Former Sri Lankan president Rajapaksa becomes new PM amid political drama
27 October, 2018, 16:16 | Author: Charlene Valdez
Wickremesinghe, who had been sacked by President Maithripala Sirisena has termed the move as "unconstitutional" and vowed to prove his majority in Parliament.
Sri Lanka's former president Mahinda Rajapakse beams as he arrives at a temple after having been sworn in as prime minister in Colombo.
An Indian man whom authorities identified as M Thomas was arrested at Kumara's house on suspicion of involvement in the plot.
Meanwhile, Finance Minister and UNP legislator Mangala Samaraweera called the appointment of Rajapaksa "unconstitutional", while another cabinet Minister said UNP would challenge the move in court.
Rajapaksa's return to power ends a more than three-year-old coalition government that was formed by Sirisena and Wickremesinghe on a promise to combat corruption and financial irregularities.
Aboard Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge
In the past, travelling between Zhuhai and Hong Kong would take up to four hours - the new bridge cuts this down to 30 minutes. To Claudia Mo, a Hong Kong democratic politician, the bridge's political significance outweighs its practical usefulness.
Rajapaksa and Sirisena combined have only 95 seats and is short of a simple majority.
Wickremesinghe had helped Sirisena defeat Rajapakse in the 2015 elections but has drifted apart from the president since.
The unity government was formed in 2015 when Sirisena was elected President with Wickremesinghe's support, ending a almost decade-long rule by Rajapaksa.
Parliamentary sources said the speaker would have to decide if he recognises Rajapakse as the new premier following Wickremesinghe's claim that he remained the constitutionally elected prime minister. Since then, party rivalries have been simmering within the government.
A private television network loyal to Rajapakse televised him being sworn in as the new Prime Minister, replacing Wickremesinghe. They resumed broadcasting Saturday and were supporting Rajapakse.
Most Brutal Kills In The Halloween Series, Ranked
The film, which was made for a relatively small $10 million, trailed only Venom for largest October box-office opening. While it succeeded at box office upon release, the film isn't remembered as a classic.
Some 200 supporters, some carrying photographs of him, gathered outside Rajapaksa's home late on Friday to congratulate him.
"We expect economic development and a good future for our children", he said.
"We expect the government of Sri Lanka to uphold its Geneva commitments to human rights, reform, accountability, justice and reconciliation".
There was no immediate reaction from India which has long seen Sri Lanka, located just off its southern tip, as part of its area of influence and had been concerned about Rajapaksa's wooing of China. However the swearing in of Rajapaksa could be legalised by passing a no-confidence motion in parliament against Mr Wickremesinghe.
The main allegation against Wickremesinghe involved his appointment of a Singaporean as the central bank governor who is now accused of leaking inside information to benefit his son-in-law in a treasury bond sale.
17 reported killed after train derails in Taiwan
A popular tourist train overturned in the southern mountains in April 2011 after a large tree fell into its path. Bodies were seen being carried out of the wrecked carriages by rescue workers earlier Sunday evening.
Even though the goal is to reach the USA border, she said: "We only want to work and if a job turns up in Mexico , I would do it". Current Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray was also sanguine and viewed things through the lens of US politics.
In the Fox News interview, Jubeir called the killing "a huge and grave mistake" and offered condolences to Khashoggi's family. Things went wrong from the start as the team overstepped their orders and quickly employed violence, the official said.
Both women are making their debuts at the season-ending event, and it was the American who opened Red Group action with a win. A demoralised Stephens had no answer and her slump continued into the deciding set where she was broken in the second game.
NY police are investigating a suspicious package addressed to the actor De Niro and sent to his Tribeca property Thursday morning. Local authorities said the FBI has taken over the investigation. 'It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description.
Around 5,000 Central American migrants are attempting to enter the USA , despite Mexican efforts to stop them at the border. It is yet unknown whether it will affect the caravan's progress by that time.
The Raiders also traded star pass-rusher Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears before the season for two first-round picks. Gruden can say all he wants about not anticipating making any more trades , or that Carr won't be traded.
Google plans to eventually expand the privacy features to other products, such as its mapping applications. Now, you'll be able to open a side menu from the Google home page and tap on " Your data in Search ".
ESPN's Adam Schefter confirmed the deal, and reports Dallas will be sending a first round pick back to Oakland for Cooper. We knew the 3-4 Dallas Cowboys were desperate following the divisional loss against the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
They lost back-to-back games to the woeful Cincinnati Reds from September 10 to 11, but they took three of four from the St. Cody Bellinger hit a two-run homer in the top of the second inning to give Los Angeles a 2-1 lead it would never give back.
Blake Griffin dunks on Joel Embiid
This was a bit of a sloppy night from Embiid - it never felt like he found the rhythm that he had in the previous three games. Then, down the stretch of regulation, the teams traded the lead six times, with three ties.
Pakistan out of pressure thanks to aid from Saudi: Imran Khan
The IMF has already said that it will seek "absolute transparency" from Pakistan and austerity measures seem to be in the order. According to the agreement, Riyadh will place a deposit of $3 billion for a period of one year as balance-of-payment support.
Man accused of groping passenger cites the president’s words
A Florida man was accused of groping a passenger on a flight and saying it's OK to grab women because the president says it is. Both Alexander and the victim said they had not been drinking alcohol or had taken any sleep aids, the affidavit said.
Magnitude 6.8 quake strikes off the coast of Canada
Aftershocks are already following the terrifying wave of earthquakes, with a 4.9 magnitude tremor hitting the area at 7.36am BST. Government Agency BC has acknowledged the multiple earthquakes, but says there is no reports of damage or injury.
China GDP growth slows to weakest pace since Q1 2009
The growth figure for the July to September quarter was 6.5% from a year earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics said. Experts are projecting that growth will slow further in the fourth quarter as U.S. tariffs take a toll on exports.