Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told his cabinet Monday that he was ready to face a snap election to end a bitter stand-off with a hostile president, a government spokesman said.
The government was prepared for an election, four years ahead of schedule, to get over the political impasse after President Chandrika Kumaratunga sacked three key ministers and suspended parliament, spokesman G. L. Peiris said.rn
rnPeiris, who is also the Constitutional Affairs Minister, said the government would welcome a snap election as it was confident it could increase its majority in parliament.rn
rn”Given everything that has happened in the past four days we have absolutely no doubt that the people will endorse what we have been doing and we have no problems going before the people,” he said.rn
rn”In fact we welcome it. The government has no reason to worry.”rn
rnHe said the countrys peace process had been placed in jeopardy by Kumaratunga taking over the vital defence ministry while the cohabita