Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa called for early parliamentary elections in order to consolidate power and push forward his agenda to revive the South Asian economy.
Sri Lanka’s president dissolved parliament with on midnight Monday and called for new parliamentary elections six months early.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was elected in November, made use of his constitutional powers to dissolve parliament and called for elections on April 25.
Rajapaksa was elected to office last November but has said he cannot work freely because his powers have been reduced. He has also faced restrictions because the opposition commanded a majority in the 225-member parliament.
The new parliament will meet on May 14, the election commission said in a statement.