Colombo, Sri Lanka – A Sri Lankan court has ruled out former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister when he hears a petition rejecting his rejection despite losing two no-confidence motions last month.
Judge Arjuna Obeyesekere issued a residency decision Monday in which he said that "irreparable damage would be done" if Rajapaksa and his Cabinet ministers continue to officiate.
While the decision would leave Sri Lanka without a government, a "group of people" would be allowed Whoever does not have the right to serve as prime minister, ministerial cabinet or other minister, "would cause irreparable damage with far-reaching consequences for the whole country "said the judge.
The Court of Appeal He will sit again on December 1
Sri Lanka has been in crisis since October 26 when President Maithripala Sirisena dismissed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and I am with Rajapaksa, a controversial but popular leader accused of corruption and gross human rights violations.
However, the former president failed to show a majority in parliament, prompting Sirisena to disband the 225-strong house and call for speed-calling. However, both steps were temporarily blocked by the Supreme Court, which is expected to pass judgment on December 7.
In response to the recent setback, Rajapaksa said he disagreed with the court's order on Monday.
"We will file an appeal to the Supreme Court tomorrow," he said, pledging to continue campaigning for early elections in the Indian Ocean island nation.
Both Rajapaksa and Sirisena rejected the result of the no-confidence motion on November 14 and 16, despite some objections. 122 MPs voted to recall the former president.
Chairman of the United National Party (UNP) Wickremesinghe, who continues to claim the office of prime minister, Monday hailed the residency order as a "triumph of democratic institutions over the whims of individuals" in a Twitter post.
But at a meeting with leaders of the UNP, late Monday, President Sirisena ruled out the re-appointment of Wickremesinghe, "even though all 225 MPs sign a petition," said one UNP member Lakshman Kirielle.
According to another MP, Sirisena called for another name for the UNP, and he would "make him Prime Minister within 24 hours."
"Triumph of Democracy"
The UNP chairman, who is still in the official residence of the prime minister, insists that his dismissal is unconstitutional. Parliament deprived the president of h's authority to appoint an incumbent prime minister Year 2015 to dismiss.
The UNP, which was supported by more than 100 lawmakers last week, said Wickremesinghe was still her candidate for the Prime Minister's job.
R Sampathan, chairman of the Tamil National Alliance, a coalition representing the country's ethnic Tamil minority, said he had met Sirisena following the court's decision, and the president had pledged "necessary action within the country to take next 24 hours ".
Sampathan said in a post by Sampathan that Sirisena accepted that Sri Lanka had run out of government and intended to meet with national security officials.
Meanwhile, many Sri Lankans went to social media to celebrate the court's move.
Sagala Ratnayake, a The UN member also welcomed the decision and said, "Justice has prevailed".
The legislature added, "The fake prime minister and his alleged government have been rejected by the judiciary, and the Court of Appeal has protected parliamentary democracy from an illegal government."
Saliya Peiris, who heads a commission, tens of thousands Findings of people missing during the 26-year war of Sri Lanka with Tamil separatists describe their stay in Sri Lanka as "a proud moment for those who value the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary."
In recent weeks, a vibrant judiciary has been in action – not just the higher courts, but also the judiciary Original courts – in both public and criminal cases – a proud moment for all those who respect the rule of law and independence to appreciate the justice in our country
– Saliya Pieris (@saliyapieris) 3 December 2018
Others said the judiciary had proven it to be "strong" and called on Rajapaksa to resign immediately.
The judiciary showed itself today; it is strong enough by first issuing a preliminary injunction against the President @MaithripalaS and against the Prime Minister @PresRajapaksa and the Cabinet. The reactivation of the Judicial Commission by the 19th Amendment gave the judiciary this ability. #lka #SriLanka
– Prasad Welikumbura (@Welikumbura) 3 December 2018
– Munza Mushtaq (@ munza14) December 3, 2018
Rathindra Kuruwita reported from Colombo. Zaheena Rasheed reported and wrote from Doha