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Sri Lankan President Dissolves Parliament amid Grave Political Crisis

COLOMBO – Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved on Friday the island-nation’s parliament shortly after announcing that his party had failed to obtain a majority in the legislative chamber backing the recent firing and replacement of the prime minister.

Sirisena signed the order dissolving the 225-member unicameral parliament – which he had already suspended for more than two weeks in late October – after his Sri Lanka Freedom Party was unable to secure the support of a majority of lawmakers to ratify the cessation of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesingh, who was to be replaced by Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The president’s move paves the way for an upcoming snap election that would take place almost two years ahead of schedule.

 

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