Sri Lanka president 'dissolves parliament' amid deepening crisis

Move by Maithripala Sirisena to pave way for snap elections in January, source close to president says.

    Colombo, Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena has signed an order dissolving the country’s parliament, according to two sources, amid a worsening constitutional crisis triggered by the sacking of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last month.

    The move on Friday will pave the way for snap elections in January, a source close to Sirisena told Al Jazeera.

    “The president has signed the gazette notification and it will be published very soon,” the source said. 

    “The elections commission can call for nominations within 14 days, and elections are likely to be held in the first week of January.”

    A second source close to Sirisena said the president had no choice but to dissolve parliament because of Wickremesinghe’s refusal to step down.

    Since being abruptly fired on October 26, Wickremesinghe has remained holed up in the prime ministerial residence while also demanding a parliamentary vote to prove his majority.

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