By Bharatha Mallawarachi | AP November 13 at 19:35 COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka's Supreme Court on Tuesday interrupted…
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court on Tuesday interrupted the president’s order to dissolve Parliament and hold new elections, opening the way for legislators to vote for accepting his former
Sri Lanka has been in a political crisis since October 26 when President Maithripala Sirisena suddenly fired Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and replaced him with former ruler Mahinda Rajapaksa.
One day later, Sirisena sent Parliament, apparently to allow Rajapaksa’s time to gather support among legislators. But Wickremesinghe insisted that his shooting was insufficient. He refused to hold his official residence and demanded that Parliament be called to prove that he still has support.
As the press of political opponents and foreign governments, including the United States and the EU, was raised to call Parliament to end the death, Sirisena announced that the legislature would return on Wednesday.
But, on Friday, he left Parliament up and called a new election in January. Opponents said Sirisena made the decision that Rajapaksa could not have assembled a majority.
The Supreme Court decided Tuesday to cancel the President’s orders until 7 December after 13 political parties and individuals filed petitions with the court calling the resolution constitutional. It said that it would hold hearings about the case that began on 4 December.
Wickremesinghe welcomed the ruling and called it “a resounding victory for people’s franchise.”
“The President’s powers are limited. The president must act under the law, he is not above the law, he said.”
Hours after the court’s decision announced to Parliament’s speaker that legislators would meet at 10 o’clock on Wednesday.
Wickremesinghe said he be ready to “show that we have the majority and that we are the legitimate government of Sri Lanka.”
After the announcement was announced, hundreds of opposition workers gathered near the court had cheered and lit firemen.  Jehan Perera, Executive Director of the Sri Lankan Peace Council, said that “proves that the Sri Lankan judiciary is independent and ready to give judgment against execution.”
“It is a positive indication of the continued strength of Sri Lankan institutions and their independence that is important to our democracy, “he added.
The tensions had been built between Sirisena and Wickremesinghe f or someone time because the president did not approve of economic reforms introduced by the prime minister. Sirisena has also accused Wickremesinghe and another cabinet member who plans to kill him, a charge that Wickremesinghe has repeatedly denied.
Sirisena was also critical of investigations of military personnel accused of human rights violations during Sri Lanka’s 25-year civil war against a tamil separatist group completed in 2009.
Rajapaksa, who was president from 2005 to 2015, is considered to be a hero of some in Sri Lanka’s ethnic Singal majority to end the war by breaking the Tamil rebels.
But his time in power became frightened by allegations of war herons, corruption and nepotism.
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