Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena dissolves Parliament amid political turmoil

Clay Curtis
November 10, 2018

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena's decision to dissolve parliament, worsening an already major political crisis, has drawn criticism from Western powers, including the United States and Britain. He said the government must go to the people for confirmation on whether the president made the correct decision when he appointed him as prime minister.

Sirisena dissolved the Sri Lanka's parliament hours after a close aide of the president said he decided that there will be no snap elections or a national referendum to end the current political and constitutional crises in Sri Lanka.

The President dissolved the parliament in a gamble to pave the way for snap elections to secure a majority for his party in a new government when the President-led UPFA realized that they do not have a majority in the parliament and has not been able to get enough crossover legislators to support them.

Supporters of ousted Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe shout slogans as they gather at the prime minister's official residence in Colombo early November 10.

"The dissolution clearly indicates that Mr. Sirisena has grossly misjudged and miscalculated the support that he might or could secure to demonstrate support in the Parliament", said Bharath Gopalaswamy, director at USA -based analyst group Atlantic Council's South Asia Center. Maithripala Sirisena said in a proclamation that a new parliament will be convened on January 17 after conducting the nation-wide vote on January 5.

The leftist People's Liberation Front (JVP), which regards the sacking of Wickremesinghe as unconstitutional, accused Sirisena of trying to consolidate his power grab.

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"This dissolution by the President is illegal and goes against the constitution". At least eight have switched sides, but at least 120 deputies in the 225-seat parliament remain loyal to Wickramasinghe.

Sirisena suspended parliament to give himself more time to engineer defections, according to the opposition. Wickremesinghe, who called his sudden dismissal illegal, has urged Parliament to convene immediately to prove his majority in the 225-member unicameral chamber.

Under pressure from the United Nations, United States and the European Union to allow a parliament vote, Sirisena agreed three times to lift the suspension but changed his mind each time.

The EU, in a joint statement with Norway and Switzerland, called for parliament to reconvene and hold an immediate vote.

"This further political uncertainty is corrosive to Sri Lanka's democratic future and its commitments on reconciliation and accountability", it said.

"In extraordinary numbers and with extraordinary courage you came out on to the streets, you spoke out", Wickremesinghe said in a Facebook video. "For this inspiring effort, I want to thank everyone who has risen to fight for democracy and justice".

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