Sri Lanka president vows never to reappoint ousted premier

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena (left) has vowed he will never reappoint arch-rival Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena (left) has vowed he will never reappoint arch-rival Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister.PHOTOS: AFP

COLOMBO (AFP) - President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday (Nov 25) reignited the political crisis that has crippled Sri Lanka's government for more than a month, vowing never to reappoint arch-rival Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister.

Mr Wickremesinghe's party has a majority in Parliament and Mr Sirisena's bid to bring back the country's former strongman Mahinda Rajapakse has already failed.

But Mr Sirisena choked back tears in a meeting with foreign correspondents as he accused Mr Wickremesinghe, whom he sacked on Oct 26, of being "highly corrupt".

"Even if the UNP has the majority I told them not to bring Ranil Wickremesinghe before me, I will not make him prime minister," he said, referring to Mr Wickremesinghe's United National Party.