Sirisena dis­solves Lanka par­lia­ment

The Star Malaysia - - World -

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.

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