(AP, Sri Lanka) Sri Lanka’s president has dissolved the parliament and set the stage for new elections, as the country’s opposition called for countrywide protests after its defeated presidential candidate was arrested for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government.

 

President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s decision follows his sweeping victory at the polls last month, in which he secured a convincing re-election after defeating his former army chief Gen. Sarath Fonseka.

(AP, Sri Lanka) Sri Lanka’s president has dissolved the parliament and set the stage for new elections, as the country’s opposition called for countrywide protests after its defeated presidential candidate was arrested for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government.

 

President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s decision follows his sweeping victory at the polls last month, in which he secured a convincing re-election after defeating his former army chief Gen. Sarath Fonseka.

 

The new poll will choose the country’s next 225 lawmakers, said a senior government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government policy.

 

Rajapaksa’s decision follows Monday’s dramatic arrest of Fonseka, the opposition’s leading figure, who last year led government troops in their crushing defeat of Tamil Tiger rebels.

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