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Sri Lankan President Sirisena dissolved Parliament elections will be held on January 5


Colombo. The political crisis in Sri Lanka deepened Friday after President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved Parliament, paving the way for early general elections in the country.

According to a notification, general elections will be held on January 5 and the new Parliament will meet on January 17.

The dissolution of Parliament comes days after Ranil Wickremesinghe was sacked as Prime Minister and replaced by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

On Friday, the strength of Sirisena and Rajapaksa’s coalition in Parliament stood at 106, seven short of the simple majority mark. Rajapaksa was to prove his strength on the floor of the House on November 14.

In a statement, Wickremesinghe’s UNP said: “We vehemently reject the dissolution of Parliament. He has robbed the people of their rights.”

Sources said the decision to dissolve the House itself unconstitutional given the four-and-half-year term rule in the 19th Amendment.

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