Posted on 11.13.2018 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
Supreme Court has overruled the gazette ordering dissolution of Parliament and ordered a halt to preparations for the general elections next year.
The constitutional crisis, resulted by President Sirisena’s decision to suspend prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Oct 26 replacing him with former president Mahinda Rajapakse, turns to another chapter after the Supreme Court ruling today(13)
Several parties led the petitions against the dissolution and the three-judge bench, headed by the Chief Justice Nalin Perera, read out the decision to a packed court guarded by hundreds of heavily armed police and commandos. The court suspended order of the President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday sacking the legislature and calling for elections on Jan 5. The ruling means Parliament could go ahead with a vote to test if president’s controversial nominee is able to summon a majority in the 225-member assembly and force Wickremesinghe from office.