Kerry hints at Sri Lanka elections in months

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – The visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry suggested Saturday that Sri Lanka will face a parliamentary election in months, suggesting that the assembly could be dissolved shortly.

"As the government heads for parliament elections this summer, Sri Lankan  will continue to rely on their tremendous leadership and their commitment," Kerry said after talks with his counterpart Mangala Samaraweera.

He also heaped praise on the new administration and drew a comparison with the defeated Rajapaksa regime said the efforts of the new administration were clearly visible.

"You are working on creating an enduring peace and you are working on providing prosperity for all of your people. Difficult decisions still lie ahead.

"Readiness of this government to open its doors and open its minds to different ideas and to new and more effective and efficient ways of doing things.

"One thing about this Sri Lankan government seem very clear, the President, Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister are not afraid of tackling tough issues. They are willing to make tough decisions."

Political sources had previously told EconomyNext (read link) that President Maithripala Sirisena had delayed the sacking of the 225-member parliament until after Kerry’s visit.
 

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