COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday dissolved Parliament and called for fresh elections amid a deepening political crisis.
An official notification signed by Sirisena announced the dissolution of Parliament effective at midnight Friday.
The notice said the names of candidates for new elections will be called before Nov. 26, and the election will be held on Jan. 5. The new Parliament is to be convened on Jan. 17. Sri Lanka has been in a political crisis since Oct. 26, when Sirisena fired his prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, and replaced him with former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa. Wickremesinghe has insisted his firing is unconstitutional. He has refused to vacate his official residence and demanded that Parliament be summoned immediately to prove he had support among its members.