Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa Dissolves Parliament

Sri Lanka's recently re-elected President Mahinda Rajapaksa is dissolving parliament, clearing the way for early elections, officials say. Parliament was dissolved at midnight (1830 GMT) and official sources say the poll will probably be held on 8 April. Mr Rajapaksa won a second term in office by a large margin last month, but the outcome was rejected by his main rival, Gen Sarath Fonseka. Former army chief Gen Fonseka was detained by security forces on Monday. Opposition politicians say the government is engaged in a witch-hunt and have called for protests on Wednesday against the arrest. Bitter campaign The term of Sri Lanka's parliament was to have ended on 22 April, with an election to be held as late as June.