Karu Jayasuriya, in a strongly-worded statement this evening, accused President Maithripala Sirisena of usurping the powers of legislature.
“I have watched over the last two weeks as the executive branch has seized the rights and usurped the powers of members of parliament who were elected to represent the people” Jayasuriya said reiterating the sentiments he expressed in the statement issued last week where he recognized Ranil Wickremesinghe as the lawful Prime Minister of the country.
“I call upon all public servants to refuse to execute any illegal orders they may receive, no matter from whom,” he said, sending out a strong message to all government servants caught in the political crossfire.
“Since the president has prevented parliament from ruling on the legitimacy of the president’s actions, it will be up to the Supreme Court to determine the legality of these actions,” Jayasuriya said.
He also hit out at some remarks made by the “purported foreign minister”, Sarath Amunugama, who said parliament was sacked because Jayasuriya was planning to prevent an address by the president when the House reconvened on November 14.
Describing Amunugama as a highly regarded politician, Jayasuriya said he wished that the purported minister had proposed a more honest and plausible excuse for the actions of his colleagues, that would have drawn less ridicule to our country on the world stage.
Jayasuriya issued the statement as the former Speaker of the unconstitutionally dissolved Parliament and it was released to the public on his personal letterhead.