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Sri Lanka’s President To Reconvene Parliament Next Week: New Prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa

Earlier, Sirisena had prorogued parliament until November 16, but political parties and foreign powers led by the United States and the EU urged an early session to resolve the crisis (Photo:REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte).

By: Radhakrishna N S

Sri Lanka’s president plans to call a session of parliament on Monday (5), the new prime minister said, a move that could help resolve a political crisis after the abrupt dismissal of his predecessor. Maithripala Sirisena named Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister last week after sacking the unity government of Ranil Wickremesinghe, prompting protests and a demand for parliament to be called, to allow lawmakers to choose their leader. The return of Rajapaksa, a former president who crushed a decades-old Tamil insurgency, has stoked fears of fresh political and ethnic division in the island nation of 21 million mostly Sinhalese…

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