Sri Lanka Supreme Court overturns dissolution of parliament

Court also orders halt to preparations for snap elections in latest twist in Sri Lanka’s protracted political crisis.

    Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court has overturned President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve parliament and has ordered a halt to preparations for snap elections.

    The decision on Tuesday was the latest in a protracted political crisis that was triggered by Sirisena’s surprise move on October 26 to fire Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and replace him with Mahinda Rajapaksa, a controversial former president.

    The ruling came a day after political parties petitioned the top court against the president’s decision last week to dissolve parliament and call for a snap vote on January 5.

    The three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Nalin Perera read out the landmark decision to a packed court in the capital, Colombo.

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