Written by Ramesh Irugalbandara
10 Nov, 2018 | 9:10 am
Colombo (News1st) – Reports have emerged that President Maithripala Sirisena has issued the orders to dissolved Parliament. Follow the live updates below..
11.42PM: Extraordinary Gazette issued stating the general election will be held on the 5th of Jan 2019. Accepting of nominations to begin on the 19th of this month and continue till the 26th.
10.48PM: “..President Sirisena has signed the Gazette to dissolve Parliament with effect from midnight. The Gazette is in the process of being printed. After the Gazette is printed we will be able to speak about the next election..” – Min. Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene
10.45PM: “We vehemently reject the President’s dissolution of Parliament. He has robbed the people of their rights and the Democracy that we have enjoyed.” – UNP
We veheremently reject the President’s dissolution of Parliament.
— UNP (@officialunp) November 9, 2018
10.43PM: A number of Ministers were seen entering the premises of the Government Printers Department.
10.40PM: Follow the live updates on the News1st Facebook page
10.36PM: Earlier this evening 7 Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena and it was announced that the Government Printer department was brought under the purview of the Ministry of Defense
10.35PM: Security beefed up in and around the Government Printers department – Reporter
10.32PM: PM Mahinda Rajapaksa has confirmed to the BBC Sinhala service that President Maithripala Sirisena has signed the gazette notification to dissolve Parliament. He noted that the Gazette has been dispatched to the Government Printers department.
10.30PM: President Maithripala Sirisena has signed the gazette notification to dissolve Parliament with effect from tonight. This was confirmed to News1st by co-cabinet spokesperson Minister Keheliya Rambukewella.
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