Sri Lanka: SC expected to give ruling today on interim relief sought by political parties against dissolution of parliament

In Sri Lanka, the Supreme Court is expected to give a ruling today on the interim relief sought by several political parties and independent groups against dissolution of parliament and holding of elections.

The court has adjourned its hearing yesterday after Attorney General (AG), appearing for the government, sought more time for his submissions. Several political parties in opposition and civil society organizations yesterday filed petitions against the dissolution terming it as unconstitutional.

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

Meanwhile, political parties are also gearing up to face elections. There were several meetings on both sides to form alliances and finalise nominations. SLFP led by President Sirisena and SLPP led by new Prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is in talks to finalise their strategy if elections go ahead as planned. Ousted PM Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that the political parties of United National Front (UNF) are expecting to form a broader people’s alliance to save the country from the current situation.

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