The President said late Friday that parliament would stand dissolved from Saturday 12 a.m. and nominations for the parliamentary elections would be called from November 19 to 26, reports Xinhua news agency.
He further set January 17, 2019 as the new date for the new parliament to convene.
Sirisena's move to dissolve the parliament comes one and a half years ahead of the scheduled parliamentary polls.
New Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse late Friday welcomed the President's decision to dissolve parliament, saying a parliamentary election "will truly establish the will of the people and make way for a stable country".
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