Sri Lankan president dissolves parliament amid political crisis

COLOMBO, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) — Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved the parliament late Friday amid a political crisis which erupted in the island nation since Oct. 26, local media reported.

Sirisena signed a special gazette notification, dissolving the parliament from Saturday 12:00 a.m. local time (1830 GMT Friday), the report said.

Sri Lanka has been facing a political turmoil since Oct. 26, when President Sirisena dissolved his cabinet and sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointed former president Mahinda Rajapakse to the post.

Wickremesinghe, who called his sudden dismissal illegal, has urged the parliament to convene immediately to prove his majority in the 225-member unicameral chamber.

President Sirisena suspended the parliament till Nov. 14.

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