Dis­so­lu­tion of Sri Lanka Par­lia­ment de­nounced as un­demo­cratic

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Sirisena’s ri­vals are set to chal­lenge his de­ci­sion, which they de­scribe as il­le­gal and un­con­sti­tu­tional, in the Supreme Court on Mon­day.

The US Bu­reau of South and Cen­tral Asian Af­fairs said in a tweet that the United States was “deeply con­cerned by news the Sri Lanka Par­lia­ment will be dis­solved, fur­ther deep­en­ing the po­lit­i­cal cri­sis”. It said democ­racy needed to be re­spected to en­sure sta­bil­ity and pros­per­ity.

Mark Field, the British min­is­ter of State for Asia and the Pa­cific, tweeted his con­cern about the dis­so­lu­tion of par­lia­ment days be­fore it was due to be re­con­vened.

“As a friend of Sri Lanka, the UK calls on all par­ties to up­hold the con­sti­tu­tion and re­spect demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tions and pro­cesses,” Field said. Canada’s For­eign Pol­icy twit­ter feed said that it was “deeply con­cerned” about the de­ci­sion and re­ferred to the risks to rec­on­cil­i­a­tion work af­ter the na­tion’s civil war.

Mean­while, Sri Lanka’s ousted Prime Min­is­ter Ranil Wick­remesinghe’s party, the United Na­tional Party (UNP), said on Satur­day it would file a case in the Supreme Court against the early dis­so­lu­tion of Par­lia­ment.

UNP Par­lia­men­tar­ian Man­gala Sa­ma­raweera told jour­nal­ists that the party would early next week file a chal­lenge in the Supreme Court, call­ing the Pres­i­dent’s de­ci­sion to dis­solve Par­lia­ment “il­le­gal”.

He fur­ther set Jan­uary 17, 2019 as the new date for the new par­lia­ment to con­vene.

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