UNP Ranil Wickremesinghe is currently meeting UNP Parliamentarians at Temple Trees to decide the party’s future course of action.
Speaking to media, several Cabinet ministers representing the party have said President Maithripala Sirisena‘s move to appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new Prime Minister is “illegal and unconstitutional”.
“All UNP MPs in and around Colombo who could make it to Temple Trees here now. What the President has done is illegal. What democracy is this Mr. Sirisena?” State Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva tweeted from Temple Trees.
“The appointment of President Mahinda Rajapaksa is unconstitutional, and therefore not legal. This is a breakdown of Democracy the very thing we all fought so hard for,” Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff, Sagala Ratnayaka said.
Meanwhile , Minister Mano Ganesan said the Tamil Progressive Alliance, which has six MPs in the House, is also holding a crisis meeting separately.