Sirisena dissolves SL parliament
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 anonymity, said the official notification would take effect from midnight Friday. Before signing the order, Sirisena inducted more ministers into 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. ››FULL REPORT P16