Sri Lanka court ex­tends ban on pres­i­dent’s rul­ing

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Sri Lanka’s high­est court on Fri­day banned Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena from sack­ing the leg­is­la­ture un­til it de­cides on the le­gal­ity of his move last month to call snap elec­tions.

The Supreme Court con­cluded hear­ing 10 pe­ti­tions against Sirisena’s move as part of a bit­ter power strug­gle with his erst­while Prime Minister Ranil Wick­remesinghe, but re­served judg­ment for an un­spec­i­fied date.

The courts re­open on Mon­day. Sirisena plunged the coun­try into cri­sis on Oct. 26 when he fired Wick­remesinghe and ap­pointed Mahinda Rajapakse in his place. He then dis­solved Par­lia­ment on Nov. 9 and called elec­tions nearly two years ahead of sched­ule on Jan. 5.

Four days af­ter he sacked Par­lia­ment, the court re­stored.

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