"Sri Lanka’s new govt says will abide by Supreme Court verdict" By the editor NewsinAsia

Colombo, Nov 13 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s new Foreign Minister, Sarath Amunugama has said the newly appointed government will abide by the ruling given by the Supreme Court on the early dissolution of Parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena, local media reported Tuesday.
Speaking to journalists in capital Colombo, Amunugama said that ousted Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, had the right to seek advice of the Supreme Court over the early dissolution but criticized him for creating political instability in the island country.
Sri Lanka’s new govt says will abide by Supreme Court verdict

“We will wait and see. The Government has no problem with this. When there is a contention between the Executive and legislative, then the judiciary must give respite. This is the proper way,” the Minister said.

Many political parties including the United National Party led by Wickremesinghe, the main opposition Tamil National Alliance and the Marxist Party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, filed legal challenges in the Supreme Court on Monday over President Sirisena’s early dissolution of parliament last week.
The parties have argued that President Sirisena had no powers to dissolve the Parliament under the 19th amendment of the constitution and requested the Supreme Court to issue an order voiding the gazette issued by the President and to suspend the upcoming Parliamentary Election until a verdict is announced.
The Supreme Court is expected to announce a verdict this week.
In a special gazette notification issued last Friday, President Sirisena declared  Jan 5 as the date for a snap Parliamentary Election in order to resolve weeks of political turmoil which erupted after Wickremesinghe was sacked from his Prime Ministerial post and replaced with former president Mahinda Rajapakse.
Sirisena’s sudden move to dissolve Parliament comes one and a half years ahead of the scheduled Parliamentary polls.

Source: nesinAsia.com

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