Sri Lanka is back in international focus albeit for wrong reasons.
The island’s President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve parliament has now been criticized by international community.
This has also worsened an already major political crisis on the island nation.
It is said that Sirisena dissolved parliament only five days before it was due to reconvene and when he was in danger of losing a vote of no confidence.
Sirisena is now said to have called a general election for Jan 5.
Sirisena’s rivals are set to challenge his decision, which they describe as illegal and unconstitutional, in the Supreme Court on Monday.
Sirisena has said he fired Wickremesinghe because the prime minister was trying to implement “a new, extreme liberal political concept by giving more priority for foreign policies and neglecting the local people’s sentiment”.
India and the West have raised concerns over Rajapaksa’s close ties with China.>