Sri Lanka: President dissolves the Parliament

President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka has passed an order to dissolve the Parliament of the country due to a worsening political crisis of the country. The crisis began by the dismissal of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in October.

The move will thus lead to snap elections in January next year. It has been reported that the President has signed the gazette notification which will soon be published. A close source of the President stated that, “The election commission can also call for nominations within 14 days and elections are likely to be held in the first week of January”.

The President had to resort to the ultimate step as Wickremesinghe had refused to step down. The President’s move to sack the PM was denounced by the United National Party UNP on the argument that the President has no authority to dismiss a sitting Prime Minister. UNP also opposed the dissolution of the Parliament.




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