Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been banned from acting as prime minister as it hears a petition that challenged his refusal to step down, despite losing two no-confidence motions in November this year.
On Monday Judge Preethipadhman Surasena issued the stay order, saying “if Rajapaksa and ministers of his cabinet continued to hold office irreversible damage could be caused”.
Judge said the Court of Appeal will sit again on December 12 to deliver a verdict in the petition filed by a majority of Sri Lanka’s legislators.
on November 14 and 18 In the 225-member House Some 122 legislators voted to remove Rajapaksa after disapproving his appointment as prime minister “unconstitutional”.
But Mahinda Rajapaksa rejected the results of the votes and claimed that the speaker had failed to follow proper procedure by holding voice votes.
On October 26, appointment of the Rajapaksa by President Maithripala Sirisena has forced the Indian Ocean island nation into chaos, as his predecessor Ranil Wickremesinghe continues to lay claim to the post.
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