UN Secretary General asks Sri Lanka's President to allow Parliament vote ASAP

A man walks past a poster of Sri Lanka's newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Maithripala Sirisen

Image President Sirisen kicked out the incumbent PM and replaced him with Mr Rajapakse

An ethnic minority Tamil party in Sri Lanka said Saturday that it will support a no-confidence motion to be brought against the country's former strongman whose controversial appointment as prime minister has plunged the country into a political crisis.

Sirisena had replaced him with former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa and suspended Parliament until November 16 in an apparent attempt to give Rajapaksa time to muster enough support to survive any no-confidence vote.

Under Sirisena, Sri Lanka's Parliament passed a constitutional amendment restoring a two-term limit for the presidency and creating independent commissions for police, judiciary and public service.

Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith reports from Colombo.

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The president suspended parliament for 20 days until November 16 after sacking Wickremesinghe, in a move to put off a parliamentary vote that would have gone against his choice for prime minister. UN Chief "offered assistance in facilitating a dialogue with all the parties to resolve the situation", his office added.

President addressing the nation, recently, said the plot to assassinate him had prompted him to appoint former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the PM and confirmed the involvement of a Cabinet Minister too in this plot.

However, there has been no statement from President Sirisena or Prime Minister Rajapakse since then.

Wickremesinghe said in an interview with The Associated Press that there is credible evidence that Rajapaksa's party is attempting to buy support in Parliament. He is credited with ending a 25-year civil war.

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An island nation with an economy that's mainly reliant on tourism and tea exports, Sri Lanka's blessed geography puts it at a crucial juncture of the busy shipping lanes of the Indian Ocean. Rajapaksa's return could increase China's clout in Sri Lanka.

He made the decision a day after meeting with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, who had warned of possible violence if lawmakers were not summoned immediately.

Wickremensinghe tweeted saying "the people's voices have been heard".

On Friday, a member of parliament from Wickremesinghe's party, Palitha Range Bandara, said a caller from the Rajapaksa camp urged him to defect before the parliament session.

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