Sr Lanka’s Rajapaksa to appeal suspension from disputed PM office

ECONOMYNEXT – Mahinda Rajapaksa said he will go to Sri Lanka’s highest court Tuesday after the Court of Appeal suspended him from acting in the office of Prime Minister in a continuing political crisis in the island.

"We do not agree with the interim order of the court of appeal," Rajapaksa said in a statement. "We will appeal this in the Supreme Court first hour tomorrow. We are working on this now."

"Interpreting the constitution and giving final decisions is the role of the Supreme Court."

Rajapaksa said in a battle to bring political stability the people should dedicate themselves to holding a general election.

Two judges who were appointed by Rajapaksa are sitting in the second bench tomorrow, with a 7-judge bench hearing a challenge to the dissolution of parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena, legal sources said.

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court is short of two judges with President Maithripala Sirisena yet to confirm judges approved by an independent Constitutional Council to fill two vacancies.

To hear a case on a special leave to appeal at least three judges are needed, lawyers said. (Colombo/Dec03/2018)

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