The President of Sri Lanka has announced the dissolution of parliament

Sri lankan President maithripala sirisena signed a communique late Sunday announcing the dissolution of parliament. The communique took effect at midnight on the 9th.

Sri Lanka’s government spokesman, Keheliya Rambukwella, confirmed the news, the daily mirror reported.

AFP reported that Sri Lanka will hold parliamentary elections on January 5, 2019; Reuters, citing a source, said new parliamentary elections could be held between January and February 2019.

Sirisena sacked prime minister vyacheslav vidal on October 26, announcing former President rajapaksa as the new prime minister. Mr. Wickramasinghe later said he would not step down as prime minister and that the change would have to be approved by a parliamentary vote, and urged sri lankan speaker jayasuria to convene a parliamentary session as soon as possible.

Sri Lanka’s constitution stipulates that a prime minister appointed by the President must be trusted by parliament, which needs the support of an absolute majority of MPS.

The communique signed by sirisena on October 27th announced that parliament would adjourn temporarily until November 16th; A communique signed by sirisena on nov 4 said a parliamentary session would be held on nov 14.

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