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Sri Lankan President suspends parliament amid political turmoil

Oct 29, 2018
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SriLankan President Maithripala Sirisena prorogued the parliament in his country until November 16, in view of unprecedented constitutional crisis that emerged after the removal of its Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Sri Lankan parliamentarians said that President Sirisena prorogued the 225-seat parliament until November 16, hours after an invitation by former prime minister, Wickremesinghe, to convene an emergency session of parliament to prove his majority.

The Sri Lankan parliament was supposed to hold a meeting on November 5 to discuss the 2019 budget.

Earlier, Mr Sirisena on Friday dismissed Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister and replaced him with the country’s former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Wickremesinghe summoned the parliament to prove the majority of his party, asserting that he is still Sri Lankan prime minister.

Supported by the Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP), Sirisena was elected president of Sri Lanka in 2015 However, the coalition government has suffered internal divisions in recent months.

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