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Sri Lanka Supreme Court Restores Sacked Parliament

Colombo (November 13, 2018): Sri Lanka´s Supreme Court on Tuesday overruled President Maithripala Sirisena´s dissolution of parliament and ordered a halt to preparations for snap elections next year.

The Indian Ocean island has been gripped by a constitutional crisis since Sirisena sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on October 26 and replaced him with former strongman president Mahinda Rajapakse.

Wickremesinghe´s party 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 a proclamation issued by Sirisena on Friday sacking the legislature and calling for elections on January 5.

The court also ordered the independent Elections Commission to halt preparations for the January 5 vote.

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