Parliament dissolved ?

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President Maithripala Sirisena signed the gazette notification on the dissolution of Parliament last evening, sources from the Presidential Secretariat said.   


Earlier in the day, sources from the Government Press said that employees of the Press had been kept on alert for an emergency job.  


According to reports reaching us, when this edition went to press, the next Parliamentary election has been scheduled for January 5 and the nominations for the election would be called after November 21.  


It is learnt that President Sirisena has taken the decision on the dissolution of the Parliament under the powers vested in him by the Article 33 (2) (c) of the Constitution and the Parliamentary Elections Act No 1 of 1981. Article 33 (2) (c) of the Constitution says, “ In addition to the powers, duties and functions expressly conferred or imposed on, or assigned to the President by the Constitution or other written law, the President shall have the power, (a)…. (b)…. (c) to summon, prorogue and dissolve Parliament.”   


It is also learnt that the President has sought the opinion of legal experts on his powers to dissolve the Parliament prior to the decision on the dissolution of the Parliament. Senior lawyers and retired judges including former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva had explained the President the legal position on the matter.  


The sources also said that the President signed the gazette notification on the dissolution of the Parliament after filling the vacancies in the Cabinet. 

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