Sri Lankan president assures to solve political crisis in 7 days

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Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has defended himself by saying that he was not to blame for the current political impasse in the country, putting the blame, instead on Ranil Wickremesinghe, the prime minister he sacked in late October. Xinhua

COLOMBO (Xinhua) – Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has assured that the political crisis in the island country would be solved in seven days.

The assurance comes after the new government appointed by the president has been temporarily suspended by a Sri Lankan court.

A Court of Appeal on Monday issued an interim order to prevent Mahinda Rajapaksa and his party members from acting as prime minister and the government till the case is heard on Dec. 12.

Mr Sirisena said in a statement that crucial decisions would be taken in the coming days for the benefit of all Sri Lankans.

The president also defended himself by saying that he was not to blame for the current political impasse in the country.

“The current political crisis will be resolved in one week. It will be completely resolved. This is an effort I will make for the public, for you, for our motherland. I extend the hand of peace to all politicians and political parties. This political situation was created by Ranil Wickremesinghe, by his actions, and by his policies but we will work to resolve it. We will save this country,” the president said in the statement.

Sri Lanka has been embroiled in a political turmoil since Mr Sirisena shocked the country by sacking Mr Wickremesinghe in late and appointed Mr Rajapaksa, the former president, as the prime minister.

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