Sri Lanka president to dissolve parliament, call poll

Re-elected President Mahinda Rajapaksa will dissolve parliament shortly and call a legislative election, his office said Thursday.

Sri Lanka president to dissolve parliament, call poll

Re-elected President Mahinda Rajapaksa will dissolve parliament shortly and call a legislative election, his office said Thursday.

Rajapaksa won a victory on Tuesday over his former army commander, General Sarath Fonseka, in the Indian Ocean island's first nationwide election since the defeat of the separatist Tamil Tigers.

"(The) President is to dissolve parliament and go for a general election soon," presidential spokesman Lucien Rajakarunanayake said.

He declined to say precisely when the president would dissolve the legislature. The present parliament's term is due to expire in April.

The general has cried foul over what he said were vote rigging and an attempt to arrest him after army soldiers surrounded the luxury hotel where he was staying in the capital Colombo.

He walked out unhindered on Wednesday evening and vowed to challenge the results in court, but few expect that to get far given the president's victory margin was 1.8 million votes.

Reuters

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