Exclusive | India will understand my views, says Rajapaksa

The interim PM said that snap election have been 'gazetted' and no one can stop it from taking place now.

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena says parliament was dissolved to prevent unrest

President Maithripala Sirisena said there were media reports that politicians would clash during a vote to decide between two men claiming the premiership.

The Sri Lanka crisis deepens The Sri Lanka crisis deepens

Dissolution of Sri Lanka’s Parliament negates the letter and spirit of constitutional reforms

Sri Lankan leader says dissolved parliament to avoid fights

Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena said Sunday that he decided to dissolve Parliament and call fresh elections to avoid possible violence in Parliament in the event a vote was taken to decide on who commands the majority support to become prime minister.

Sirisena in an address to the nation outlined his reasons for dissolving parliament well ahead of its scheduled closure.

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Sri Lanka political crisis: Rajapaksa severs ties with Sirisena, will head to polls solo

In a move that complicates matters further in an already tense political situation in Sri Lanka, recently ousted prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to run for the upcoming elections on his own. Rajapaksa's move signalled that he would contest the snap polls, to be held on January 5, under his own party banner and not that of Sirisena's SLFP.

MPs putting a price on their value, Speaker's behaviour led to dissolution: Prez, In a special statement, President Maithripala Sirisena today said the parliament was dissolved due to the sad situation where elected MPs were putting a price on their value and the 'amazing behaviour' of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

Sri Lanka Crisis: PM Rajapaksa, 44 ex-MPs defect from party led by president ahead of election - Sri Lanka's new prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and 44 former lawmakers have defected from the party led by President Maithripala Sirisena, splitting with the president barely two weeks after he installed Rajapaksa in office.

Sri Lankan leader says dissolved parliament to avoid fights | Charlotte Observer Sri Lankan leader says dissolved parliament to avoid fights

Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena says that he decided to dissolve Parliament and call fresh elections to avoid possible violence in Parliament in the event a vote was taken to decide on who commands the majority support to become prime minister.

Rajapaksa ends 50-yr association with Sirisena's party, joins newly-formed SLPP

Rajapaksa's move signaled that he would contest snap polls, to be held on Jan 5, under his own party banner and not that of SLFP.

Sri Lanka Ousted Premier Ready for Polls as Legal Action Planned Sri Lanka Ousted Premier Ready for Polls as Legal Action Planned

(Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka’s ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is ready for polls after President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved the island nation’s parliament and called for a snap general election.