Sri Lanka: Political parties, civil society organizations file petitions at SC

In Sri Lanka, several political parties in opposition and civil society organizations filed petitions at the Supreme Court today  against the dissolution of Parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena.

Political parties including United National Party (UNP) led by ousted Prime minister Ranil Wickremsinghe, Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA),  as well as civil society organizations filed petitions which will come up for hearing later today.

The petitions stated that the dissolution of Parliament is unconstitutional and called for it annulment. President Maithripala Sirisena, new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Elections Commission and its members have been named as the respondents of petitions.

The petitioners say the President has no power to dissolve the parliament under the 19th amendment of the constitution and request the apex court to issue an order to suspend the upcoming general election until the verdict on the hearing is passed.

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