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Did Prez Sirisena break law by dissolving Lanka Parliament? Ruling today

If the ruling goes against Sirisena it would put the president in a difficult situation given his public statement that he would not restore the pre-October 26 position by reappointing Wickremesinghe

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

President of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's top court is expected to deliver on Thursday its crucial verdict on whether broke the law by dissolving Parliament that plunged the country into unprecedented political turmoil.

is going through a major political crisis since October 26 when Sirisena, in a controversial move, removed Ranil and installed ex-strongman in his place.

Sirisena, after sacking Wickremesinghe, dissolved Parliament and called for a snap election on January 5.

As many as 13 petitions have been filed against Sirisena's November 9 order sacking the 225-member Parliament, almost 20 months before its term was to end.

The on November 13 had issued an interim order ruling Sirisena's gazette notification as temporarily illegal and halted the preparations for snap polls.

A 3-member bench is examining the petitions against and for the move. On December 7, they reserved the judgement for this week.

If the ruling goes against it would put the in a difficult situation given his public statement that he would not restore the pre-October 26 position by reappointing

sacked Parliament when it appeared that Rajapaksa would not be able to muster the support of 113 MPs. on the other hand commands a majority.

Analysts said the ruling would be the first step in the resolution of the ongoing political crisis, the likes of which has never been witnessed in the island nation's history.

Sirisena has said he will accept the Supreme Court's ruling on the petitions filed against his gazette notification dissolving Parliament.

Sirisena ran the with Wickremesinghe's since 2015. The partnership ended on October 26 when Sirisena fired Wickremesinghe, triggering the political standoff.

Since ousting Wickremesinghe, Sirisena has highlighted the "shortcomings" of the ex-in a bid to justify his sacking and dissuade his reinstatement.

Both Wickremesinghe and Rajapaksa claim to be the rightful Wickremesinghe says his dismissal is invalid because he still commands a majority in Parliament.

has officially conveyed that the House does not recognise Rajapaksa as the legal until he proves his majority.

The United (UNF) coalition led by has moved three no-trust motions against Rajapaksa.

The motions came to be adopted after the summoned Parliament, in a direct confrontation with Sirisena.

Rajapaksa has, so far, failed to prove his majority in Parliament, however he has refused to step down. has the backing of 106 parliamentarians, while the Rajapaksa-Sirisena combine has the support of 95.

First Published: Thu, December 13 2018. 12:05 IST