Maithripala Sirisena
Maithripala Sirisena

Sri Lanka to hold general elections on Jan 5

ANI | Updated: Nov 10, 2018 04:50 IST

Colombo [Sri Lanka], Nov 10 (ANI): Amid the ongoing political crisis in the country, Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved the Parliament with effect from Friday midnight and announced that the general elections in the country would be held on January 5, 2019.
As per the Colombo Page, the nominations will be filed from November 19, 2018 to November 26, 2018. The new Parliament will hold the first meeting on January 17, 2019.
Sirisena dissolved the Parliament on Friday night after days of political unrest in the Asian island nation.
The United National Party of Sri Lanka "vehemently rejected" the move and tweeted, "We vehemently reject the President's dissolution of Parliament. He has robbed the people of their rights and the Democracy that we have enjoyed."
Sirisena's Sri Lanka Freedom Party had earlier admitted to not having the votes to confirm Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new Prime Minister of the country in place of Ranil Wickremesinghe.
While addressing a media earlier on Friday, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had stated that India hopes that democratic values and principles would be respected in the island nation.
"It is difficult to comment on specific news items appearing in media. We will continue to closely monitor the situation, at this point the situation remains unclear. But we do hope that democratic values and constitution process in Sri Lanka will be respected," he said, when asked about the reports of argument over proposal to grant development of Colombo port project to Japan-India joint venture.
He had further said that the situation of the country needs to be handled by itself. (ANI)