Wickremesinghe: Sri Lanka democracy under threat

Deposed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe tells Al Jazeera that he believes the future of Sri Lanka's democracy is at stake in the nation's ongoing constitutional crisis.

by

    Sri Lanka’s deposed prime minister has told Al Jazeera democracy in the country is under threat.

    Ranil Wickremesinghe is refusing to quit after being fired last week by President Maithripala Sirisena.

    He has been replaced with his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa - a two-time president who has been accused of an unconstitutional power grab.

    And President Sirisena is so far resisting calls to recall Parliament so MPs can vote on new the prime minister.

    AL Jazeera’s Bernard Smith reports from Colombo.


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    How the art world's hunger for ancient artefacts is destroying a centuries-old culture. A journey across the Himalayas.