Sri Lanka’s ousted prime minister likens president to Hitler

Ranil Wickremesinghe has demanded to be reinstated, almost six weeks into purlging Sri Lanka into a political crisis.

The former Sri Lanka prime minister likened the president, Maithripala Sirisena to Hitler on Tuesday as he demanded to be reinstated, after he refused to vacate his office in October.

“The president has to appoint me prime minister as I command a majority in parliament,” he said.

“I am telling the president not to act like Hitler who bypassed the constitution… We are not going to allow him to do that.”

Sirisena sacked Wickremesinghe and replaced him with Mahinda Rajapakse, the former president is credited with ending Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war with Tamil separatists in 2009.

However with Wickremesinghe’s supporters still controlling a majority in parliament, which has witnessed several fights after the his removal. Rajapakse has lost two votes of no confidence motions.

On Monday the Court of Appeal denied Rajapakse to act as prime minister and stripped his cabinet of their powers, giving Rajapakse until December 12 to prove his legitimacy and that of his government.

Sirisena, a former opponent of Rajapakse, told a group of legislators on Monday he will not reinstate Wickremesinghe even if it means he has the support of all 225 members of the legislature.

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