Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed has expressed concern over the ongoing political crisis in neighbouring Sri Lanka, Raajje.mv reported.
In a tweet on Saturday, Nasheed said it is ‘heartbreaking’ to see Sri Lanka in such a predicament.
President Maithripala Sirisena had in October replaced Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who has a significant base of supporters, with former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who claims credit for ending the country’s civil war and is accused of war crimes against civilians.
Sirsena said that he dismissed the Prime Minister for conspiring a plot to assassinate him. Sirisena had then suspended parliament before a vote to verify Rajapaksa’s appointment, and then dissolved the legislature entirely.
Sri Lanka’s apex court had reversed this decision and parliamentarians had rejected Rajapaksa’s appointment upon reconvening.
The rivalry between prime ministers and Sirisena’s undermining of the country’s democratic mechanisms have caused a ‘political catastrophe’, critics say. (Colombo Gazette)