Sri Lankan Parliament dissolved, Oppn to move apex court


The Sri Lankan Department of Government Printing (State Gazette) was taken under the defence ministry by the powers of the President and officials were asked to be on standby.

Both the Rajapaksa (L) and the Ranil camp were trying to get the numbers for the no-confidence motion.

In a late night action, Sri Lankan President Sirisena dissolved Parliament through a gazette notification on Friday. Parliament stands dissolved from midnight as per Article 33 (2), said an official in the President’s office to India Today TV.

Earlier in the evening (November 9), the Sri Lankan Department of Government Printing (State Gazette) was taken under the defence ministry by the powers of the President and officials were asked to be on standby. Simultaneously, ministers were being sworn-in to reach the critical number of 30 to form the interim government.

This comes at a time when both the Rajapaksa camp and the Ranil camp were trying to cobble up the numbers for the no-confidence motion against Mahinda Rajapaksa when Parliament would have been convened on November 14. Calling it “unconstitutional”, the UNP MPs have decided to take the matter to Supreme Court.

Condemning the decision of the President, former Sri Lanka deputy foreign minister and a UNP member Harsha de Silva said, “This is absolutely unconstitutional. He has no power or authority to do this. He has made the pages of the Constitution toilet paper. He has struck off the word democratic from the name of our nation.”

“We are strategising. Lankan Parliament dissolved, Oppn to move apex court Both the Rajapaksa (L) and the Ranil camp were trying to get the numbers for the no-confidence motion. We will take it to Supreme Court and will fight him,” he added.

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The Opposition parties have said that the President has violated the 19-A, the second violation so far. The first was the removal of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe which was “unconstitutional” after the introduction of the 19th amendment.

The Rajapaksa faction did not have the numbers to reach the halfway mark which was admitted by Keheliya Rambukwelia in a press conference on Friday. Sri Lanka was plunged into a political crisis two weeks ago.

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