Sirisena dissolves Lanka parliament
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s president has dissolved parliament and called for elections on Jan 5 in a bid to stave off a deepening political crisis over his dismissal of the prime minister that opponents say is unconstitutional. An official notification signed by President Maithripala Sirisena announced the dissolution of parliament effective midnight on Friday. It said the names of candidates will be called before Nov 26 and the new parliament is to convene on Jan 17. Sri Lanka has been in a crisis since Oct 26, when Sirisena fired his prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, and replaced him with former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa.