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Rights Groups: Sirisena and Mahinda Rajapaksa

rights groups: Political opponents, rights groups and foreign governments including the United States and European Union have urged Sirisena to summon Parliament immediately and end the crisis, according to Vancouver Courier. Thousands of Sri Lankans also protested in the capital in the past week demanding Sirisena immediately convene Parliament. The announcement made in a decree comes amid a political crisis in the South Asian island nation sparked when President Maithripala Sirisena dismissed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his Cabinet and replaced him with Mahinda Rajapaksa last month.article continues below Trending Stories Vancouver Coastal Health issues public safety warning for customers of Polonia Sausage House Vision Vancouver will not run a mayoral candidate for first time in party's history World's most beautiful duck' spotted in Metro Vancouver So you want to set up a marijuana dispensary Sirisena suspended Parliament in an apparent attempt to give Rajapaksa time to muster support to survive any no-confidence vote. Sirisena's moves have triggered a power struggle that some observers have called a constitutional crisis. Palitha Range Bandara, a United National Party lawmaker, has said that he was offered millions of dollars and a minister portfolio if he crossed over. Since his ouster, Wickremesinghe has remained at Temple Trees, the official residence of the prime minister insisting he is still the legitimate leader because he commands majority support in said in an interview with The Associated Press that there is credible evidence that Rajapaksa's party is attempting to buy support in Parliament. ( As reported in the news.