Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve parliament until next month in a further twist in the country’s political crisis.
Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court also orders halt to preparations for snap elections.
Sirisena dissolved parliament on Friday night and called a general election for Jan. 5, two weeks after removing his coalition prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
The top court, hearing a bunch of petitions by supporters of Wickremesinghe, stayed the president’s order on technical grounds.
A three-member bench including the country’s chief justice Nalin Perera delivered its ruling after two days of deliberations on as many as 13 petitions against and five for Sirisena’s November 9 decision to dissolve Parliament.
Correspondents said the president and Mr Rajapaksa decided to called the snap election because they did not have enough support in parliament for their new government.
The Supreme Court’s order means that elections, announced for 5 January, have been put on hold.
Sri Lanka Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya will decide with regards convening Parliament after currently studying all aspects according to Speaker’s Office.
All petitions filed against Sirisena’s decision will be heard on December 4, 5 and 6, the apex court ruled.
Many commentators are still unsure if Parliment can be convened and what will be ultimate ruling on the issue by the Supreme Court.