Sri Lanka’s opposition parties are to challenge in the Supreme Court on Monday, the dissolution of the country’s parliament, which was announced late on Friday by President Maithripala Sirisena.
“We are going to the Supreme Court first thing in the morning on Monday, November 12,” said M.A.Sumanthiran, opposition Member of Parliament, who is also a top Supreme Court lawyer.
Through a gazette notification dated November 9, Lankan President Sirisena dissolved parliament and announced that fresh elections to the House will be held on January 5, 2019, and that the newly elected parliament will meet on January 17.
The opposition’s point of view was best stated by the Lawyers of Democracy in their press release on Friday.
The release said that the “arbitrary move is clearly both unconstitutional and undemocratic.”
“The unconstitutionality is stark, in as much as Article 70 of the constitution expressly prohibits the President from dissolving parliament by proclamation without 2/3rds of the Parliament approving a resolution requesting him to do so at any time during the first 4-1/2 years of its term.”
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