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Sri Lanka president dissolves parliament, orders snap vote

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena
Deanna Wagner | 10 November, 2018, 07:35

To this, Wickremesinghe said he would certainly challenge the decision in the court and the party would move an impeachment motion against the President saying, he is a threat to the democratic tradition of Sri Lanka.

President Maithripala Sirisena, who two weeks ago sparked a crisis by sacking the prime minister and installing former leader Mahinda Rajapakse in his place, signed a decree for elections to be held January 5, almost two years ahead of schedule.

Nominations will be called from 19th November 2018 till 12 noon 26th November 2018 during which nomination papers shall be received by the Returning Officers of the respective districts.

Maithripala Sirisena said in a proclamation that a new parliament will be convened on January 17 after conducting the nation-wide vote on January 5.

"Dissolving parliament at this time is illegal and goes against the constitution", JVP's general secretary, Tilvin Silva, told reporters. "We will fight this dictator to the end". Sirisena said he had to fire Wickremesinghe for mismanaging the economy and because of a Cabinet minister's alleged involvement in a plot to assassinate Sirisena. The party also accused Sirisena of robbing the "people of their rights and democracy".

Mr Wickremesinghe, however, claims he is still the legally appointed prime minister.

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But Law 41.4 says that is is unfair for any fielder to deliberately distract the striker when the bowler is running into bowl. The MCC stated that the offence is an "attempt to distract the striker", rather than the striker "actually being distracted".

Senaratne said the second illegal act of the President was to dissolve Parliament after he found he did not have the numbers to show a majority in Parliament.

Sirisena's United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA), which had the backing of 96 legislators prior to the crisis, has managed to woo at least nine legislators to switch support in the past two weeks.

Sirisena had suspended the assembly's work until mid-November when first moving against his prime minister.

The EU said on Friday, before the dissolution, that the crisis had scarred the Indian Ocean island's global reputation.

On Thursday Wickremesinghe thanked his supporters and urged them not to give up in the showdown.

The power struggle on the island of 21 million people has paralysed much of the administration, according to legislators on both sides of the dispute.