Sri Lanka political brinkmanship continues amid court battle

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena has asked members of his United National People’s Alliance not to join any possible administration of the United National Front, with another case pending at the Supreme Court later today.
A court presided by Justice Eva Wanasundera is due to take up an application for special leave for appeal filed my Mahinda Rajapaksa after the Court of Appeal issued a writ of quo warranto questioning his right to be Prime Minister and suspended him from acting in the post.
The Supreme Court could grant leave for appeal and could also issue a stay order on the Court of Appeal decision at the same time, allowing Rajapaksa to continue in office, pending a final hearing of the appeal.
Lawyers for the United National Party have asked for a fuller bench to hear the case and also filed motion against Wanasundera saying she has admitted close friendship with Rajapaksa in a newspaper interview.
Court vacations will start at the end of this week.
Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene, was quoted in the Island newspaper as saying that President Sirisena was insisting that he would not work with Wickremesinghe.
He had also asked UPFA members not to join any UNF administration.
Some of his members have already asked to join any future UNF administration, political sources said.
Sri Lanka is entering 2019 with no budget or vote on account to run the government in the new year, with a disputed cabinet headed by Rajapaksa not having a parliamentary majority to pass any law.

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