Sri Lankan Prez Maithripala Sirisena sets Jan 5 for Parliamentary elections

The parliament would stand dissolved from Saturday 12 a.m. and nominations for the parliamentary elections would be called from Nov. 19 to Nov. 26.

Sakshi Chaturvedi

Sakshi ChaturvediBy Sakshi Chaturvedi

Published on 10 Nov 2018 5:38 AM GMT

Sri Lankan Prez Maithripala Sirisena sets Jan 5 for Parliamentary elections
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Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has dissolved the parliament and declared a snap election on January 5.

The parliament would stand dissolved from Saturday 12 a.m. and nominations for the parliamentary elections would be called from Nov. 19 to Nov. 26.

He further set Jan. 17, 2019 as the new date for the new parliament to convene.

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Sirisena's move to dissolve the parliament comes one and a half years ahead of the scheduled parliamentary polls.

The president sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointed former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to the post on Oct. 26.

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Sirisena made the move after his United People's Freedom Alliance quit the national unity government which it had formed with Wickremesinghe United National Party.

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Sakshi Chaturvedi

Sakshi Chaturvedi

A journalist, presently working as a Sub-Editor at newstrack.com.

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