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Sri Lanka's political crisis turns violent; 1 dead in shooting

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Colombo, Oct 28: The political crisis in Sri Lanka took an ugly turn on Sunday when a security guard of sacked petroleum minister Arjuna Ranatunga opened fire on supporters of newly appointed PM Mahinda Rajapakse, killing one and injuring two others.

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Bodyguards for Petroleum Minister Arjuna Ranatunga, a Wickremesinghe loyalist, fired live rounds as a mob allied to the president threatened the cabinet member, police said.

Sri Lanka Crisis: Speaker recognises ousted Ranil Wickremesinghe as PM

It was the first report of serious violence since President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Wickremesinghe on Friday and installed a former strongman as the new prime minister, triggering political chaos in the Indian Ocean nation.

Earlier in the day, Sri Lankan Parliament's speaker on Sunday recognised Ranil Wickremesinghe as the country's prime minister, saying he has "obtained a mandate to secure democracy and good governance , in a major relief to the embattled UNP leader who was sacked by President Maithripala Sirisena in a dramatic move on Friday night.

In a letter to Sirisena, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya questioned the president's decision to suspend parliament till November 16, saying it will have "serious and undesirable" consequences on the country.

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