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Sri Lanka Supreme Court overturns sacking of Parliament

Sri Lanka Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned sacking of Parliament, reported news agency AFP.
The country's apex court overturned President Maithripala Sirisena's sacking of Parliament.It ordered a halt to the preparations for snap elections. On October 26, Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. He replaced him with former strongman president Mahinda Rajapakse.
The decision of the court is the latest dramatic twist in the crisis that has gripped the neighbouring country. As per the reports, headed by the Chief Justice Nalin Perera, the three-judge bench read out the landmark decision. 
Sri Lanka's major political parties and an election commission member on Monday dragged President Maithripala Sirisena to the Supreme Court, challenging his controversial move of dissolving Parliament, almost 20 months before its term was to end.
Sirisena dissolved Parliament on November 9 and announced snap polls to be held on January 5 next year after it became evident that he did not have enough support in the House to prove the premiership of 72-year-old Mahinda Rajapaksa, whom he has appointed prime minister after abruptly sacking Ranil Wickremesinghe on October 26.

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