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Sri Lanka Supreme Court rules President's decision to dissolve parliament illegal

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court today ruled that President Maithripala Sirisena's decision to dissolve Parliament was unconstitutional and illegal.The verdict was delivered by a seven-judge bench headed by the Chief Justice, seven weeks after President Maithripala Sirisena plunged the country into an unprecedented political crisis.President Sirisena set off the crisis when he sacked the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa to the post on October 26 and formed a new cabinet. When the Rajapaksa and his cabinet could not muster enough support from the legislature, the President by a gazette notification dissolved parliament on November 9th and called a snap election.Thirteen fundamental rights petitions were filed at the Supreme Court by political parties, and other individuals on November 12the requesting the apex court to declare President Maithripala Sirisena's order to dissolve parliament and call snap elections is in violation of the constitution and annul the order.dict is delivered.

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