US, Britain criticise Sirisena's decision of dissolving Parliament

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. Sirisena dissolved parliament on Friday night, only five days before it was due to reconvene and he was in danger of losing a vote of no confidence.

He has also called a general election for January 5. The president triggered an intense power struggle when he sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe late last month and.

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