October 28, 2018 / 9:56 PM / 15 days ago

U.S. concerned about Sri Lanka crisis, urges reconvening of parliament

Members of Sri Lanka's Special Task Force and the police chase away supporters of Sri Lanka's newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa after an official security guard of sacked minister Arjuna Ranatunga shot and wounded three people in front of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, in Colombo, Sri Lanka October 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department expressed concern on Sunday over a political crisis in Sri Lanka, urged all sides for refrain from violence and called on the country’s president to immediately reconvene parliament.

The crisis in Sri Lanka took a deadly turn on Sunday, with one person killed when a sacked Cabinet minister tried to re-enter his office, days after President Maithripala Sirisena removed the prime minister and installed a powerful ally of China in his place. On Saturday, Sirisena suspended parliament until Nov. 16.

Reporting by Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Peter Cooney

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