Thousands of Sri Lankans march for new government led by former strongman

Ousted Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe,Ranil Wickremesinghe,Sri Lankan PM ‘s residence

Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said on Monday that he won't recognize the new appointments until either side is able to prove it has a majority. "Therefore I am compelled to accept the status quo prior to the changes until the new group shows the majority".

TNA legislator Dharmalingam Sithadthan said the president had called the Tamil legislators to a meeting on Wednesday - the same day parliament was originally expected to reconvene.

The decision announced last night by President Maithripala Sirisena to summon the Parliament two days ahead of his scheduled opening won't lead to the resolving of the constitutional crisis, ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremsinghe's United National Party (UNP) senior Vajira Abeywardena said on Monday.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has announced that the country's Parliament will be reconvened on November 14.

The political developments had no negative impact on tourism, new Foreign Minister Sarath Amunugama said at the press conference.

Sirisena suspended parliament after he appointed Rajapaksa, raising concern among political parties at home and among Sri Lanka's traditional allies such as India, the United States and European Union.

Jayasuriya said it would be "inappropriate" for him to side either way - but official sources said he took the unusual step to avoid publicly clashing with Sirisena. Some members of his party have already alleged they were offered portfolios and huge amounts of money to switch allegiances.

Before Wickremesinghe's dismissal, the UNP held 107 seats.

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Wickremesinghe who branded Sirisena's October 26 action to sack him a constitutional coup maintains that he holds majority.

Parliament road from Borella was a sea of heads as the crowds kept streaming into the Parliament Roundabout where the rally under the theme "Ratama Rakina Jana Mahimaya" presided over by the President and the Prime Minister was held.

The alliance had "decided to vote in favour of the no-confidence motion against Rajapaksa", the statement said.

Supporter of Mahinda Rajapaksa has is to organize a large rally near the Parliament in in Colombo Monday.

The unity government was formed in 2015 when Sirisena was elected President with Wickremesinghe's support, ending a almost decade-long rule by Rajapaksa.

The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) party, which has seven lawmakers, said its members had also rejected offers to join the Sirisena-Rajapakse camp.

The President made the decision after his party, United People's Freedom Alliance (UFPA), pulled out of the national unity government which he formed with Wickremesinghe's United National Party (UNP).

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