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Sri Lanka President reconvene Parliament breaking deadlock

Newly appointed Sri Lanka Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says President Sirisena has informed him that the Parliament will be reconvened on the 5th November.

Sri Lanka has been gripped by constitutional chaos since Friday after Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, suspended parliament, and appointed a controversial leader he had defeated in elections in 2015 to the prime minister’s post.

The surprise moves, which critics denounced as a “coup”, drew tens of thousands of protesters to the streets of Colombo on Tuesday.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya held emergency talks with President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday, urging him to recall parliament and let legislators choose between the two men claiming to be the country’s lawful prime minister, according to Chaminda Gamage, a spokesman for the speaker.

Although media outlets reported that the talks failed, President Sirisena seems to have performed a U-turn and asked his PM to prepare to reconvene the Parliament which was prorogued until November 16th.

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