Par­lia­ment dis­solved amid grow­ing cri­sis

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

The gov­ern­ment printer pub­lished a no­ti­fi­ca­tion signed by Sirisena an­nounc­ing the dis­so­lu­tion of Par­lia­ment ef­fec­tive at mid­night Fri­day.

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 in­sisted his fir­ing is un­con­sti­tu­tional. He has re­fused to va­cate his of­fi­cial res­i­dence and de­manded that Par­lia­ment be sum­moned to prove he has sup­port among its mem­bers.

There were also calls both lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally to con­vene Par­lia­ment to end the im­passe.

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