August 1, 2021

Dismissal of the parliament Sri Lanka worries the UN secretary-general

Dismissal of the parliament Sri Lanka worries the UN secretary-general

The decision of the president of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, to dissolve Parliament and call elections to elect the new members, on January 5 worries the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres.

The highest official of the UN underscored the vital importance of respecting democratic processes and institutions and of resolving differences in accordance with the rule of law and due process of law, his spokesman Farhan Haq said in a statement.

Sirisena dissolved parliament and called for elections in January, stirring even more the crisis that broke out in the country after breaking the government alliance and removing the acting prime minister, Ranil Wickremesingh.

With this decision, Sirisena definitively stopped the discussion that the Chamber planned to hold on November 14 on the appointment of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as a replacement for Wickremesingh, a vote for which his government acknowledged that it did not have sufficient support.

Guterres reiterated his call to the Government of Sri Lanka to ensure the peace and security of its inhabitants and uphold its commitment to human rights, justice and reconciliation, the statement said.

The dissolution of the Parliament has provoked the expected rejection of the United National Party (UNP) of Wickremesinghe, which had repeatedly claimed that it had the support to delegitimize his dismissal.


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