Sri Lanka President dissolves Parliament

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 10, 2018

The United National Party (UNP) said that the decision taken by President Maithripala Sirisena to dissolve Parliament was illegal but the party will still face the election.

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. Sirisena signed an official order dismissing Sri Lanka's 225-member assembly after his party lost to prove strength in support of ex-president Mahinda Rajapakse.

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

"We will definitely challenge this in the Supreme Court, that the president is violating the constitution", said Harsha De Silva, who was state minister of economic affairs under Wickremesinghe's government. The European Union in Colombo on Thursday said that it was essential that parliament be allowed to demonstrate its confidence by voting immediately when reconvened in order to resolve the serious uncertainties now facing the country. Former President Rajapaksa drifted close to Beijing during his 2005-2015 rule, while Wickramasinghe is considered closer to India and pro-Western.

The Agence France-Presse cited an unnamed minister as saying that "the election is likely to be held in early January" rather than the scheduled date in 2020.

Without specifying the exact figure of the lawmakers supporting Rajapaksa, United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella told reporters, "At the moment we have 105 to 106 MPs".

Wickremesinghe, who has not left the Temple Trees residence since his sacking, maintains that the action against him was unconstitutional and illegal, and insists his group can muster a majority.

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

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

"You have not let this country be plunged into the darkness of dictatorship. We will fight this dictator to the end".

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.

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