Connect with us

Featured

Arjuna Ranatunga – Cricketer Turned Politician’s Guards Fire at Protesters, 1 Killed

Published

on

Arjuna Ranatunga, the petroleum minister and a former Sri Lankan cricket captain, was trying to enter a government agency in the Colombo when he was confronted by supporters of the president, Maithripala Sirisena.

One person has died and two were injured after the bodyguards of a Sri Lankan government minister opened fire on a crowd amid a deepening constitutional crisis in the island nation. Amid jostling, Ranatunga’s bodyguards opened fire, injuring three people, two of them critically, according to the police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera. One of the injured died later in a Colombo hospital.

Ranatunga was rushed into the building in the aftermath of the shooting and had to be rescued by paramilitary police units. He was ushered out in a police uniform and wearing a bulletproof vest and helmet.

Earlier, President Maithripala Sirisena said that Ranil Wickremesinghe was booted for his “arrogant” attitude and casual behaviour towards people of Sri Lanka. President Maithripala Sirisena declared that former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has been crowned the new premier in strict accordance with the Constitution. 

In his first address to the nation after the dramatic sacking of Wickremesinghe, Sirisena said Wickremesinghe’s political conduct since the victory in 2015 was salacious. “He appeared to treat Sri Lanka’s future as a joy ride for a coterie of people around him who had no sense of the common man’s thinking,” he said.

“He completely destroyed the concept of good governance while corruption and waste became rampant. He was making arrogant arbitrary decisions making a mockery of collective responsibility,” Sirisena charged.

There was a huge gap in policy agreement between the two of us. I believe the cultural and policy differences between us contributed to this political and economic crisis,” he said.

Sirisena on Friday night sacked Wickremesinghe and appointed Rajapaksa as the new prime minister. Next day, he suspended parliament till November 16 after Wickremesinghe sought an emergency session to prove his majority.

The president also withdrew Wickremesinghe’s personal security and vehicles in order to accord them to his 72-year-old successor, who staged a dramatic political comeback on Friday.

In the address, Sirisena came down hard on Wickremesinghe over the Central Bank bond scam when his appointee and friend governor Arjuna Mahendran was accused of wrongdoing in the Central Bank’s bond issues of February 2015 and March 2016.

The country was plunged into an unprecedented economic crisis due to the bond scam,” he said.  Sirisena said Wickremesinghe must take the responsibility to have Singapore extradite the former Central Bank governor Mahendran to Sri Lanka to face trial as they are good friends.

Sirisena also accused the UNP leader of treating very lightly the alleged plot to assassinate him.  I received information that senior policemen who were doing investigations were deliberately avoiding meeting officials of the Attorney General’s Department,” he said.

“Having taken into consideration all crisis, the political and economic as well as the assassination plot on me, I was only left with one alternative which was to appoint former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the prime minister,” Sirisena said.

The president last week accused his unity government partner of Wickremesinghe’s UNP of going slow on the investigations after a man named Namal Kumara in mid-September disclosed the alleged plot to assassinate Sirisena and former defence minister Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

On incompatibility between them on economic policies, Sirisena said Wickremesinghe was relying only on foreign investment which led to the local industrialists and entrepreneurs being left in the lurch. Wickremesinghe’s economic council was highly corrupt so I took action to set up a National Economic Council in its place. But he scuttled its functions,” he said.

More News at EurAsian Times

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook

FEATURED

S400-VS-F35 S400-VS-F35
Americas10 hours ago

Is The UAE Threatening To Opt For Russian Su-57 Jets Over US’ Stealth F-35 Warplanes??

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has warned that if the US refuses to supply it with F-35 and MQ-9 Reaper...

india-russia india-russia
Featured11 hours ago

Indian, Russian Navy Hold PASSEX Exercise In The Eastern Indian Ocean Region

On the occasion of Navy Day, the Indian Navy is conducting a passage exercise (PASSEX) with the Russian Navy in...

Pakistan-Turkey-Relations Pakistan-Turkey-Relations
Featured13 hours ago

After Backing Pakistan on Kashmir, Is Turkey’s Erdogan Hiring Syrian Mercenaries To Fight In The Valley?

For some time now, Turkey has been making attempts to grow its influence among the Muslims in South Asia in...

iran-israel iran-israel
Featured14 hours ago

Assassination Of Top Iranian Scientist Will Complicate Relations Between The US & Iran: Joe Biden

Joe Biden, the next President of the United States said the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh is likely...

BRAHMOS BRAHMOS
Asia Pacific16 hours ago

From Rafales, Su-30 MKIs & Tejas, Why Next-Gen BrahMos Missile Can Be A Game-Changer For The Indian Air Force?

Amid the border row with China, the Indian armed forces successfully test-fired the BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles in the past...

India-Pak-War-1971 India-Pak-War-1971
Asia Pacific17 hours ago

What Did Indira Gandhi Tell Naval Chief Before Indian Navy Bombed Karachi Port In 1971 War?

India marks 4 December as Navy Day to commemorate the Indian Navy’s attack on the Karachi port during the 1971...

Asia Pacific19 hours ago

Indian Navy To Counter Chinese Swarm Drones With New Guns That Can ‘Smash’ UAVs

Countries across the globe are looking for innovative ideas to check the menace of small drones or small unmanned aerial...

TYPHOONS TYPHOONS
Featured19 hours ago

Eurofighter Typhoons ‘Soar & Roar’ In Qatar As Royal Air Force Conducts Drills With Emiri Air Force

The British Royal Air Force and Qatar Emiri Air Force, for the first time in history, have come together for...

imran-khan imran-khan
Asia Pacific20 hours ago

Not India, Former ISI Chief Hints At UAE, Saudi Arabia Being The Biggest Threat To Pakistan

Durrani said that Pakistan is not threatened by India but is mired with its internal problems, including political instability and...

ERDOGAN-TURKEY ERDOGAN-TURKEY
EurAsian Region22 hours ago

Russia, Pakistan To Be First Buyers Of Turkey’s Mobile Anti-Drone System That Can Smell UAVs From 5000 Meters

As Turkey is gradually emerging as a drone superpower, its key allies Russia and Pakistan have shown tremendous interest in...

Advertisement
Advertisement