One year after the political crisis Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today urged the country to put party politics aside and protect democracy in the country.
The political crisis which erupted on 26 October last year saw Wickremesinghe being removed as Prime Minister and the cabinet also being sacked.
President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new Prime Minster but the move was challenged by Wickremesinghe and Parliament.
Eventually the move was found to be illegal and Wickremesinghe was reappointed as Prime Minister.
In a special statement today the Prime Minister said that Speaker Karu Jayasuriya played a crucial role to protect democracy during the political crisis exactly one year ago.
He said that the country has a duty and responsibility to ensure democracy and the future of the nation is protected.