Sunday , November 29 2020

Colombo's presentation will be decided by the checkbook



Sri Lanka holds two prime ministers for a week. Everyone lends legitimacy to the other. Finally, money will determine who won the dangerous constitutional crisis.

Marco Kauffmann Bossart, Colombo

MEPs have forced the holidays. The followers of Ranil Wickremesinghe call for early parliamentary summons. (Picture: Eranga Jayawardena / AP)

MEPs have forced the holidays. The followers of Ranil Wickremesinghe call for early parliamentary summons. (Picture: Eranga Jayawardena / AP)

Mahinda Rajapaksa, a resident of Sri Lanka's prime minister, moved away a few days ago. Security guards in raincoats, the chest is ready for firefighters, guarding Colombo's colonial colonial building this morning. In a night and night campaign Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka's autonomy and close relationship between 2005 and 2015, was head of state and prime minister.

Security personnel are accumulating

It is just a three-minute drive from the Prime Minister's official residence. There, Ranil Wickremesinghe lives only eight days, the only head of government in the archipelago. At the main gate, radio people are nice. Nobody wants to change. Most guards are gone, just like gardeners, drivers, cooks, and cemetery officials.

The arrested Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, defends himself against his or her own expulsion. (Eranga Jayawardena / AP)

The arrested Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, defends himself against his or her own expulsion. (Eranga Jayawardena / AP)

Immediately behind the gate Buddhist monks settled down in a tent. They speak loudly but loudly, without interruption, amplified with loudspeakers. The monks are preventing Wickremesinghe from being forced out of the place of residence. For the same reason, hundreds of fans were present in the extensive banquet hall. It is not simply a person, emphasizes Shaphy Thahir, a former teacher. "We are here to protect democracy."

In the windowless giant room, the air is damp and stuffy, dozens of portions on the floor, obviously exhausted the day of waiting. The crystal chandeliers emit a creamy white light. The self-proclaimed defenders of their fallen idols only want to withdraw if there is a valid parliamentary vote. The adjacent garden is decorated with ornamental fish by the wheels.

$ 2 million for a break

On October 26, even the elite of Sri Lanka was surprised by the dark events. On Friday evening President Sir Maithripala briefly summons parliamentarians and representatives of the army. He opened the shocking gift, the former head of government, with whom he was exhausted, was not immediately in office. Subsequently, Rajapaksa swiftly swore and the lawmaker suspended it until November 16. The fact that the head of state has nominated another prime minister, although Prime Minister Wickremesinghe could rely on a majority of Parliament at that time, constitutes a constitutional break of the opinion of most lawyers, while others call it an institutional coup.

In Sri Lanka

Country and people: Population: 21 million, area: 65 km2, the largest city in Colombo (560,000 inhabitants).

Ethnic groups: Singhal (75 percent, most Buddhists), Tamil (11 percent, most Hindus).

Economy: GDP / resident: $ 4,300.

For members of the undisciplined cabinet who also endure their boss's place of residence, there is a clear calculation behind the maneuver. The Rajapaksa camp is aimed at the representatives of the Rupee and the prospects of profitable jobs, thus reaching the parliamentary majority. Mrs Sandith Ms Samarasing makes several submissions. "Listen," he asks the correspondent of the newspaper and calls the phone. 200 to 400 million rupees ($ 1.2 to $ 2.4 million) are offered for damages.

Representatives and ministers condemned for forced labor in the impromptu media center give the catch. As a background, the partition "Voice of Justice" was built; the poster has three stylized fists. It is unclear who will listen to outraged politicians. Rajapaksa mobs broke the TV channels and knew the version of truth. Journalists who did not follow threatening telephone calls.

Mahinda Rajapaksa, newly appointed prime minister, knows the military. (Picture: Eranga Jayawardena / AP)

Mahinda Rajapaksa, newly appointed prime minister, knows the military. (Picture: Eranga Jayawardena / AP)

According to the diplomats, both camps work with the checkbook. But the Rajapaksa clan has more money in the back quarters, and he is also a ruthless threat. Colombo Embassy loudly denied that China would open the war chest. But that does not mean that China is holding back. At the time of Rajapaksa's rule, Beijing invested $ 1 billion in the development of Sri Lanka and thus gained the friendship of autocracy. The return of the people's peace-people, who has now seized finance and the Ministry of Economics, is entirely in the interest of the People's Republic. The same is true for the army: this is not a monolithic block of gifts, but the vast majority of the military behind the Rajapaksa. It seems even the most influential Buddhist monks are holding the cardan shaft.

Confused reality on Colombo's streets

On Thursday it looked like an escalation in the beginning. Following the dialogue between the head of state and the President of Parliament, who received some blood supply a few days before, he was told that the lawmaker would meet on November 5th. But a few hours later, another press conference destroyed the hope of a break. The meeting could not be set up so quickly, the Rajapaksa camp was reported. Later, on November 7, a possible date was mentioned. Meanwhile, this date seems questionable.

Nevertheless, the leader of the Rajapaksa Liberation Party pretends not to be a political crisis, and in no way would it be an unlawful change in the government's mind. They refer to constitutional paragraphs to prove that everything is in order, officially declared "His Holiness, President Sirison, Honorable Mahinda Rajapaksa" head of government.

On Tuesday, thousands were moved to the confiscated prime minister of Wickremesinghe on the streets of Colombo. (Picture: M. A. Pushpa Kumara / EPA)

On Tuesday, thousands were moved to the confiscated prime minister of Wickremesinghe on the streets of Colombo. (Picture: M. A. Pushpa Kumara / EPA)

In Colombo's many streets, where the mix of rickshaws, cars and tourist groups is normal, the new leadership duo smiles. "Our President has decided to favor the country" or "respect our beloved leaders" under the likeness of Siriku and Rajapaksa. In the rooms where obedient politicians say, light blue and gold-colored posters hit 20 meters away. It is a pseudo-reality that seeks to obscure the fact that the residency of the Templars has a second prime minister.


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