Supreme Court told to dissolve parliament in Sri Lanka ‘unconstitutional’
Sri Lankan Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously elected President Mittipala Sirisena unanimously to step up the dissolution of Parliament.
This court verdict is being considered as a major setback for the President. Because of his controversial decisions, the country was trapped in unprecedented constitutional crisis.
A seven-member bench said that the President can not dissolve Parliament unless the term of the four and a half years of Parliament is completed.
In view of the sensitivity of the case being heard in the court, a security encircle was built around the Supreme Court and the Special Task Force was deployed in the area.
Sirisena, taking a controversial step on 26 October, dismissed Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe and appointed former President Mahinda Rajapakse to his place. Not only that, he had dissolved Parliament and announced to hold the next general elections on January 5.
Sirisena took this step when she felt that Rajpakse can not get the support of 113 MPs in the 225-member parliament and Vikramsinghe’s side will remain strong.
However, unlike his expectations, on Wednesday, WikiSingh had secured the confidence vote by securing the support of 117 MPs in Parliament.
After the decision of the country’s largest court, Sirisena said that he has taken the decision only by keeping the best interests of the country and the people in mind. Now he has said that he will respect the court’s decision.
In the Supreme Court, 13 petitions were filed for hearing in this case. About 20 months is left to complete the term of Parliament. That is, the next general elections will not be held before February 2020.
The Supreme Court had stayed the preparations for the general elections by issuing an interim order on November 13, declaring Sirsaena’s gazette notification to be temporarily invalid.