Sri Lanka Supreme Court overturns dissolution of parliament
Sri Lankan Police stand guard in front of the Supreme Court. File photo. | Photo Credit: Reuters
Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court Tuesday overturned President Maithripala Sirisena’s sacking of parliament and ordered a halt to preparations for snap elections.
The decision was the latest dramatic twist in the crisis that has gripped Sri Lanka since Sirisena sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on October 26 and replaced him with former strongman president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The three-judge bench headed by the Chief Justice Nalin Perera read out the landmark decision to a packed court that was guarded by hundreds of heavily armed police and commandos.