NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court in Colombo on Thursday ruled as “unconstitutional” the move of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve parliament ahead of its term. A seven-member apex court bench said that the President cannot dissolve Parliament till Parliament completes a 4 1/2 year term.
Sirisena sacked the Parliament when it appeared that Rajapaksa would not be able to muster the support of 113 MPs to gain a simple majority. Wickremesinghe on the other hand commands a majority in the House.
The island nation plunged into political crisis after Sirisena removed PM Wickremesinghe on October 26 and appointed former president Mahinda Rajapaksa in his place.
The petitioners argued the legality of the provisions of Articles 33, 62, and 70 of the Srilankan constitution. The ruling can see Wickremesinghe return to office. Udaya Gammanpila, a minister in the Cabinet, said: “We respect the decision of the Supreme Court although we are not in agreement with its interpretations.”