Snap elec­tions in Lanka on Jan­uary 5, says Sirisena

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Front Page -

COLOMBO:

Af­ter dis­solv­ing Par­lia­ment on Fri­day, five days be­fore it was sched­uled to re­con­vene, Sri Lanka’s pres­i­dent called for snap polls on Jan­uary 5 in a bid to stave off a deep­en­ing po­lit­i­cal cri­sis over his dis­missal of Ranil Wick­re­mas­inghe as prime min­is­ter. A no­ti­fi­ca­tion on Satur­day from Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena said the names of can­di­dates will be called be­fore November 26. Sirisena’s de­ci­sion to dis­solve par­lia­ment has drawn crit­i­cism from Western pow­ers, in­clud­ing the United States and Bri­tain. The Pres­i­dent’s ri­vals are set to chal­lenge his ‘il­le­gal and un­con­sti­tu­tional’ de­ci­sion in the Supreme Court on Mon­day.

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