No Snap Election, No Referendum To End Crisis: Sri Lanka President's Aide

Sri Lanka LGBT rights activists carried signs saying'Butterfly Power

Sri Lanka LGBT rights activists carried signs saying'Butterfly Power

To this, Wickremesinghe said he would certainly challenge the decision in the court and the party would move an impeachment motion against the President saying, he is a threat to the democratic tradition of Sri Lanka.

President Maithripala Sirisena has decided that there will be no snap elections or a national referendum to end the current political and constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka, according to his close aide.

Nominations will be called from 19th November 2018 till 12 noon 26th November 2018 during which nomination papers shall be received by the Returning Officers of the respective districts.

President Maithripala Sirisena signed a decree dismissing the island's 225-member assembly and scheduled parliamentary elections for January 5, almost two years ahead of schedule.

"This dissolution by the President is illegal and goes against the constitution", the UNP said on Twitter. Before signing the order, Sirisena inducted more ministers into the cabinet headed by Rajapakse.

Relations between Wickremesinghe and Sirisena became strained this year after their coalition was defeated in local elections by a Rajapaksa-backed party.

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On Friday, spokesperson for Sri Lanka's recently appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa acknowledged that he remained short of the "magic number" 113 to prove majority in Sri Lankan parliament. The European Union in Colombo on Thursday said that it was essential that parliament be allowed to demonstrate its confidence by voting immediately when reconvened in order to resolve the serious uncertainties now facing the country.

Wickremesinghe, who has not left the Temple Trees residence since his sacking, maintains that the action against him was unconstitutional and illegal, and insists his group can muster a majority. However, on November 1, he lifted the suspension after coming under severe criticism.

The EU said on Friday, before the dissolution, that the crisis had scarred the Indian Ocean island's worldwide reputation.

"Any further delay could damage Sri Lanka's global reputation and deter investors", the statement said.

"You have not let this country be plunged into the darkness of dictatorship".

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