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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2430

Sri Lanka courts fixes case on Rajapaksa government's legitimacy

Colombo, 30 November, (Asiantribune.com):

Sri Lanka’s Appeal Courts postponed the hearing on the legitimacy of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa government to next Monday 3 December.

The case was taken up today for the first time.The Quo Warranto writ petition against PM Rajapaksa and his 47-member Cabinet was filed by 122 opposition Members of Parliament who are of the UNF coalition, but who battle against 'PM Rajapaksa's government' that operates.

The petitioners further sought an order in the nature of Quo Warranto declaring that 49 respondents including the Prime Minister and the Ministers of the incumbent government are not entitled to hold the office of ministers of the cabinet of Ministers and Deputy Ministers. The petitioner’s MPs of United National Party, Tamil National Alliance, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and several other parties.

They filed this petition naming 49 persons including Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, members of Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers as respondents.

The petitioners stated that on November 14, 2018, Parliament passed a vote of No-Confidence against the purported government of the Respondents. They further stated that on November 16, Parliament passed another Vote of No-Confidence against the Government.

They maintained that in terms of Article 48 of the Constitution, the Cabinet stood dissolved from November 14, 2018.

Today morning lawyers appearing for PM Rajapaksa before Court of Appeal President, Justice Preethi Padman Surasena and Justice Arjuna Obeysekara, requested Appeals Courts to reject the 'Quo Waranto' petition against the appointment of Rajapaksa as PM by President Sirisena arguing the petition is 'baseless.'

Hearings will continue on Monday December 3.

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