Sri Lanka’s ousted prime minister likens president to Hitler

Sri Lanka’s ousted prime minister likens president to Hitler

Sri Lanka’s ousted prime minister likens president to Hitler

The court of appeal said "irreparable damage" could be done to Sri Lanka if Rajapakse, whose controversial appointment as prime minister a month ago sparked a political crisis, was allowed to remain as head of government.

On Monday the Court of Appeal denied Rajapakse the authority to act as prime minister and stripped his cabinet of their powers, giving Rajapakse until 12 December to prove his legitimacy and that of his government.

The court issued its order on Monday after 122 members of Sri Lanka's parliament, who are allied with ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, filed a legal action on November 23 challenging Rajapaksa's authority as prime minister.

Some 122 politicians who are opposed to Rajapaksa in the 225-member parliament challenged Rajapaksa and his ministers' right to hold office.

"There is a possibility of withdrawing the gazette", said a source in regular discussion with Sirisena, referring to the official announcement by which the president dissolved parliament.

President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Wickremesinghe and replaced him with Mahinda Rajapakse, the larger-than-life former president credited with ending Sri Lanka's bloody civil war with Tamil separatists in 2009.

Speaking further, president Sirisena said that Ranil Wickremesinghe destroyed the country, Good governance and the UNP. "We are preparing papers to go to the Supreme Court first thing in the morning tomorrow".

The president said that he would definitely end the prevailing political crisis within a week.

However, with Wickremesinghe's supporters still controlling a majority in Parliament, which has witnessed brawls between MPs in recent weeks, Rajapakse has lost two votes of confidence.

The Sirisena-Rajapaksa combine has boycotted six motions in the legislature since the unrest began.

The justices are expected to make a final decision on that move on Friday.

Wickremesinghe - who was unceremoniously dumped by his former ally Sirisena in a late-night power swap - says his sacking was illegal, and parliament supports his stake to lead the country.

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