Parliament dissolved amid growing crisis
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.