What Happened: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena suspended parliament on Oct. 27 following his dismissal of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, The Daily Times reported. Parliament will remain closed until Nov. 16.
Why It Matters: Sirisena ousted Wickremesinghe on Oct. 26, replacing him with Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is viewed as a strongman. By suspending parliament, the president can prevent any political challenges to his decision.
Background: Earlier this year, Sirisena backed a no-confidence motion against Wickremesinghe despite previously picking him to lead the government.
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