NEW YORK – The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed concern on Saturday over Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena dissolving parliament and calling elections for Jan. 5.
Sirisena dissolved the parliament and called snap elections, plunging Sri Lanka deeper into a political crisis triggered by the breakup of the ruling alliance and the removal of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Guterres “underlines the utmost importance of respecting democratic processes and institutions and resolving differences in accordance with the rule of law and due process,” Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General, Farhan Haq, said in a statement.
Guterres called on the government of the island nation to ensure the peace and security for its citizens, as well as uphold human rights and justice.
Sirisena dissolved the legislature after Rajapaksa was unable to garner enough support ahead of the resumption of parliament on Nov. 14.
The move was rejected by the United National Party, led by Wickremesinghe, who had repeatedly claimed he had enough support in the legislature and that his removal was unconstitutional.