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World Sri Lanka suspends parliament ahead of snap polls

09:25  03 december  2019
09:25  03 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa, elected president last month in a landslide, issued a proclamation overnight proroguing the legislature and said a new session will begin from January 3.

Rajapaksa, 70, is hoping to ride a wave of popularity by calling an election six months before the current parliament's five-year term expires in August.

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Sri Lanka 's Supreme Court has suspended the president's move to dissolve parliament , as a political crisis in the island nation deepens. President Maithripala Sirisena shocked the nation by sacking parliament and calling snap elections on Friday. The dramatic decision came two weeks after Mr

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka . President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday dissolved the country's parliament and announced snap polls as the country plunges With two people claiming to be prime ministers, Sirisena was left with no option but to dissolve the parliament and call for early elections on Jan.

He has already ordered major tax cuts in a bid to boost an economy still struggling after deadly Easter Sunday suicide bombings that crippled the country's booming tourism sector.

A 15-percent value-added tax was cut to eight percent, while another two-percent goods and services tax was abolished from this month.

The construction industry -- which has slumped hard this year -- also saw its corporate tax burden cut from 28 to 14 percent.

The official announcement of calling a fresh session of the legislature will give the minority government of Rajapaksa more control over parliamentary oversight committees.

Rajapaksa is the younger brother of Mahinda Rajapaksa, president from 2005-15 when Gotabaya effectively ran the security forces.

Together they spearheaded the end of Sri Lanka's civil war with Tamil separatists in 2009 when an estimated 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed by the military.

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