Sri Lanka PM, 44 ex-MPs defect from party led by president ahead of election

Sri Lanka's newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa talks with President Maithripala Sirisena during a rally near the parliament in Colombo, Sri Lanka November 5, 2018. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/File Photo

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s new prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and 44 former lawmakers have defected from the party led by President Maithripala Sirisena, splitting with the president barely two weeks after he installed Rajapaksa in office. Sirisena dissolved parliament on Friday night and called a general election for Jan. 5 in a move that […]

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