Ousted Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has decided to take legal route to challenge the dissolution of Parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena.
Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party will challenge in court questioning the legal right of the dissolution of Parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena. “The party will be pursuing the intervention of the courts to ensure the rule of law and the Constitution is protected against autocratic moves,” a UNP statement said. But the detail course of action is yet to be revealed.
Former finance minister and UNP leader Mangala Samaraweera said, “The emerging tyranny of Maithripala Sirisena will be fought in courts, in parliament and at the election”. Sirisena sacked Wickremesinghe on October 26 and on Friday he set the election for January 5. Sri Lanka’s Parliament stands dissolved some 21 months ahead of its schedule in August 2020, amid a worsening Constitutional crisis triggered by the surprise sacking of Wickremesinghe.
Sri Lanka’s political crisis deepened as Sirisena dissolved Parliament and announced snap polls after it became evident that he did not have enough support in the House for Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was appointed by him under controversial circumstances.
Sirisena had suspended the House until November 16 which was later advanced by two days following international pressure. Western nations had urged Sirisena to uphold the law and abide by parliamentary procedure.
Former president Rajapaksa commenting on Sirisena’s decision said, “a general election will truly establish the will of the people and make way for a stable country”. The election will be held January 5 and the new parliament would be convened on January 17.