Sirisena dis­solves SL par­lia­ment

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Front Page - FULL RE­PORT ››P18

Sri Lanka’s Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena on Fri­day dis­solved par­lia­ment in a gam­ble that a new elec­tion will get back­ing for his pre­ferred can­di­date as prime min­is­ter over an ousted premier who has re­fused to give up, a min­is­ter told AFP.

Sirisena signed a de­cree dis­miss­ing the is­land’s 225-mem­ber assem­bly just hours af­ter his party ad­mit­ted it did not have enough votes to get sup­port for for­mer pres­i­dent Mahinda Ra­japakse against ri­val claimant Ranil Wick­remesinghe.

The two have been bat­tling for the PM’s post for two weeks as in­ter­na­tional con­cern grows over the mount­ing tur­moil.

The min­is­ter, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anony­mena ity, said the of­fi­cial no­ti­fi­ca­tion would take ef­fect from mid­night Fri­day. Be­fore sign­ing the or­der, Sirisin­ducted more min­is­into ters the cab­i­net headed by Ra­japakse. “The elec­tion is likely to be held in early Januthe ary,” min­is­ter said. Nor­mally an elec­tion should not be held un­til 2020.

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