Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has dissolved his country's parliament and declared snap elections almost two years ahead of schedule…
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has dissolved his country’s parliament and declared snap elections almost two years ahead of schedule in an effort to preserve power.
Sirisena mourning decision was taken Friday through a decree signed a few hours after his freedom from Sri Lanka The party’s coalition announced that it did not have enough votes to support the leader’s preferred candidate for the prime minister’s position. Last month, Sirisena radiated ruling UN Party Ranil Wickremesinghe leader from the foremost role, hoping to put in place his former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, a member of Sri Lanka’s Liberal Party.
Agence France-Presse quoted a former minister who said that “the elections are likely to be held in early January” rather than the planned date by 2020.
Despite Sirisena, who claimed Monday, he had support from 113 legislators in his bid to replace Wickremesinghe for Rajapaksa, the United People’s Freedom Alliance – the political block led by the Sri Lanka Liberal Party – admitted that it had only 104 or 105 MEPs “on their part, as AFP reported.
Dayasiri Jayasekara, a minister, has expressed his support for Sirisena’s decision to resolve the legislator. “The best thing to do now is to go to a choice. That’s what the people want too,” he told Al Jazeera. Rajapaksa also encountered the president tweeting that “it is our responsibility and obligation to allow people to vote their views on the future of #SriLanka.”
“A general election will really create the will of the people and make the Road to a stable country,” he added.
As protests rocked the streets of the capital Colombo, the United Nations Party expressed its anger on social media and said it is “illegal and contrary to the constitution”. The party promised to discuss the situation with the country electoral commissioner.