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The political crisis in Sri Lanka, explained

Updated : November 15, 2018 01:51 PM IST

After a week of upheaval, Sirisena announced he was dissolving Parliament and calling snap elections due on January 5. He later explained in a nationally televised address that he dissolved Parliament out of fear that lawmakers would come to blows over his October 26 decision.
Supreme Court petitioners challenging Sirisena's actions argue that a specific clause in the 19th amendment, added in 2015, stipulates that Parliament can't be dissolved until 4 1/2 years after its election, unless 2/3 of Parliament requests it happen sooner. The current Parliament was elected in August 2015.
China and India have been careful not to take an overt position in Sri Lanka, which has been a battleground in their struggle for geopolitical supremacy in South Asia.
The political crisis in Sri Lanka, explained

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