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Sri Lanka: Supreme Court to Review Constitutionality of Parliament's Dissolution

1 MIN READNov 13, 2018 | 19:31 GMT

What Happened: The Sri Lankan Supreme Court has agreed to suspend President Maithripala Sirisena's dissolution of the country's parliament until Dec. 7 to review 13 petitions challenging the move's constitutionality, Al Jazeera reported Nov. 13.

Why It Matters: The development poses a direct challenge to Sirisena, whose motive in dissolving the parliament was to maximize former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's chances of earning a majority in upcoming elections. 

Background: On Oct. 26, Sirisena abruptly dismissed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and replaced him with Rajapaksa. Wickremesinghe still claims to be the prime minister and has demanded a resumption of parliamentary sessions to hold a vote of confidence and demonstrate his majority.

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