The Supreme Court has ruled that the dissolution of Parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena was unconstitutional.
Delivering its ruling, a seven judge bench said that the President cannot dissolve Parliament till Parliament completes its full 4 1/2 year term.
The court also noted that if the President wants to dissolve Parliament early he must have 2/3rd majority support for the move in Parliament.
United National Front (UNF) Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa said that the ruling was unanimous by the seven judge bench. He also called for calm from all sides.
President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister on October 26th and appointed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister.
Then on November 9th the President dissolved Parliament and called for early elections in January.
However the UNF, Tamil National Alliance and Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna filed petitions in court challenging the dissolution of Parliament saying their fundamental rights had been violated.
The Supreme Court then issued an order suspending the gazette notice issued to dissolve Parliament till the petitions are considered and a ruling is given.
Accordingly last week the Supreme Court considered the petitions and today ruled that the dissolution was illegal. (Colombo Gazette)
Report by Easwaran Rutnam