Sri Lankan Court retrains Mahinda Rajapaksa and his cabinet from functioning

Colombo: 

A court of appeal in Sri Lanka on Monday has restrained Mahinda Rajapaksa and his cabinet from functioning. According to the reports, the court gave the ruling after hearing a petitions filed by some MPs challenging the authority of Rajapaksa running the government even though he lost no-confidence motion in the parliament.

Rajapaksa, however, said that he is going to move to the Supreme Court against the order as only Supreme Court of the country is authorized to rule on the constitutional issues.

“We do not agree with the decision given by the Appeals Court as Constitutional matters are finally decided by the Supreme Court. We will be filing an appeal tomorrow,” said Rajapaksa in a tweet.

Meanwhile, the ruling has further deepened the political crisis in the island nation, because President Maithripala Sirisena has already refused to appoint Ranil Wickremsinghe as the Prime minister.

Commenting on the decision Ranil Wickremsinghe said that the “Court’s ruling is “The triumph of democratic institutions over the whims of individuals is the legacy of the good governance agenda. We will continue to defend the sovereignty of our citizens and we stand ready to face elections in a legitimate manner in line with the constitution.”

 


The Ranil Wickremsinghe’s UNP leaders met President Sirisena once again last night in wake of court ruling and urged him to reappoint Wickremsinghe as Prime minster.

The Supreme Court of the Country will also begin hearing today into petitions filed against President Sirisena’s proclamation to dissolve parliament and hold early elections.

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