Sri Lanka cri­sis grows amid call for elec­tion

The Dallas Morning News - - World -

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena dis­solved Par­lia­ment on Fri­day and called for fresh elec­tions amid a deep­en­ing po­lit­i­cal cri­sis.

The elec­tion is to be held on Jan. 5 and the new Par­lia­ment con­vened on Jan. 17.

Sri Lanka has been in a po­lit­i­cal cri­sis since Oct. 26, when Sirisena fired his prime min­is­ter, Ranil Wick­remesinghe, and re­placed him with for­mer strong­man Mahinda Ra­japaksa. Wick­remesinghe has said his fir­ing was un­con­sti­tu­tional and has re­fused to va­cate his of­fi­cial res­i­dence.

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