Wickremesinghe urges citizens to continue fight for democracy

Colombo (Sri Lanka): Ousted Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday urged the citizens of the country to not give up fight for democracy and freedom.

Wickremesinghe thanked the people who have taken to streets to fight against President Sirsena’s sudden decision of power transfer, reported Colombo Page.

“It has been thirteen days since democracy was taken hostage in Sri Lanka. But in these dark times, you, the people have not given up,” Wickremesinghe said.

United National Party (UNP) leader Wickremesinghe was abruptly sacked by the President Sirisena on October 26. He was later on replaced by former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sirisena further suspended the country’s Parliamentary proceedings until November 16.

Sirsena on November 5 announced to reconvene the Sri Lankan Parliament on November 14, amid rising demands by legislators of the state to end the political crisis in the island nation as soon as possible.