Don’t act like Hitler, Ranil Wickremesinghe tells Sri Lankan President Sirisena

Don’t act like Hitler, Ranil Wickremesinghe tells Sri Lankan President Sirisena

"The fake prime minister and his purported government have been thrown out of office by the judiciary", Sagala Ratnayake, a member of Wickremesinghe's United National Party, said.

Sirisena plunged the island nation into political chaos by unexpectedly replacing Wickremesinghe with Rajapaksa in late October.

Rajapakse urged his supporters on Monday night to remain calm and join his struggle to press for a general election almost two years ahead of schedule.

Wickremesinghe said that all political parties agree to hold an election only if a legal government exists in the country and that even the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) have declared this.

A second source in Sirisena's party said the president was looking for a "dignified exit" by withdrawing the dissolution order as the court was unlikely to rule in his favour.

The decision puts a further brake on Mr Rajapaksa's disputed Government after Parliament voted last week to halt payment of ministers' salaries and travel expenses.

The lawmakers, who command 14 seats and hold the balance of power in the legislature, met Sirisena to discuss the release of more than 100 Tamil detainees held in custody for several years without trial.

Their position "was that Rajapakse had no legitimacy after losing two no-confidence motions", lawyer and legislator M. A. Sumanthiran told reporters after the decision.

The camp has also suffered two setbacks in the courts, with the Supreme Court staying Mr. Sirisena's dissolution of Parliament and the appeal court restraining Mr. Rajapaksa.

The Sri Lankan president has said that due to sharp personal differences with Wickremesinghe he would not reappoint him as the Prime Minister. The President suspended Parliament and later called for fresh general elections, a move that was stalled by Sri Lanka's Supreme Court.

Ranil Wickremesinghe made the comments at the prime minister's official residence, which he has refused to vacate since his dismissal in October. Rajapaksa loyalists boycotted the vote saying it was illegal.