Sri Lanka’s top court allows suspension on Rajapaksa to remain

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court allowed a lower ruling barring disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to remain, while allowing him to appeal.

The appeal would be heard from January 15 to 17. Special leave to appeal was granted with a division, with Justice Vjith Malalgoda dissenting and Justice Buvenaka Aluvihare agreeing with Justice Eva Wanasundera.

Rajapaksa’s lawyers sought to overturn an order from the Court of Appeal, barring him from acting as Prime Minister. The relief was denied unanimously.

Though the lower court decision barring Rajapaksa and purported cabinet from acting in their positions remain, the appeal would be heard on the same date as those fixed by the Court of Appeal for argument.

Rajapaksa’s son Namal, speaking to reporters outside court said his party will take a decision as a group, considering the stability of the country.

President Maithripala Sirisena had so far refused to re-appoint Ranil Wickremesighe as Prime Minister, despite Rajapaksa suffering mutliple no confidence motions.

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