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UK following Sri Lanka’s current political situation closely says Minister

UK Minister said that the British government is following the current political situation in Sri Lanka closely.

Lord Ahmad, Minister of State for South Asia answered a written question posed by The Marquees of Lothian, a Conservative Peer.

He asked the government “what further information they have on the current political situation in Sri Lanka in view of fears of a constitutional crisis, further to the government of Sri Lanka’s announcement of its intention to rule without parliamentary oversight,” to which the minister responded:

The parliament of Sri Lanka was dissolved on 2 March ahead of a planned general election. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic the general election was postponed. The Sri Lankan Government has made clear that they want to see the election take place as soon as practicable. The UK has taken note of the decision made by the Supreme Court in Sri Lanka on 2 June to dismiss seven petitions related to elections and reconvening parliament. We understand that the Elections Commission of Sri Lanka is due to convene shortly to announce a date for the next general election, and that a range of practical preparations are underway. We will continue to follow the situation closely.

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