Sri Lanka president dissolves parliament, deepening political crisis
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Sri Lanka president dissolves parliament, deepening political crisis

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COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved the nation's parliament on Friday with effect from midnight, two sources told Reuters, in a move that will likely worsen an already deep political crisis. It will mean that new parliamentary elections can be held in January to February, one of the sources, a close ally of the president, told Reuters. The dissolution comes after an intense power struggle in the past two weeks which followed Sirisena's sudden sacking of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the appointment of former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, a pro-China strongman, in his place

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