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Srilanka: Court rules President’s dissolution of Parliament as illegal

Sri Lanka’s top court has ruled that the president’s action of dissolution of parliament last month as unconstitutional. A political crisis continues to grip the nation.

President Maithripala Sirisena dismissed his prime minister and replaced him with former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa in late October. Parliament challenged this decision as a result he dissolved parliament.

The ruling could see sacked PM Ranil Wickremesinghe back to Prime minister’s office.

The legislature – which has been sitting after a temporary ruling from the Supreme Court – has already passed two no-confidence motions against Mr Rajapaksa.

Mr Rajapaksa is controversial but popular leader. He was president at the end of Sri Lanka’s nearly three decade-old civil war in 2009. Court has accused him of being cause of vast human rights abuses, which he denies.

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