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Sri Lanka: Court issues interim order against Rajapaksa

ANI  |  Colombo [Sri Lanka] 

A here on Monday issued an interim order barring the functioning of the respondents as Rajapaksa, Cabinet ministers, and state ministers, reported

The order was issued against his Cabinet of ministers, including and state ministers, apart from the former Sri Lankan

The respondents were asked to appear in the court on December 12.

On November 23, a petition challenging Rajapaksa's premiership was filed in a signed by 122 Parliamentarians after he lost two no-confidence votes. The Parliamentarians who signed the petition included the members of United National Party (UNP), and

The court decided to hear the petition on November 30 and December 3 before a two-judge bench comprising Justices and

On Sunday (December 2), Rajapaksa said that it is imperative to conduct in the country in order to restore democracy and put an end to the ongoing political crisis.

has been reeling from a turbulent political crisis for almost a month, when on October 26 abruptly sacked then-and installed the now-ousted Rajapaksa, the country's former President, as the new

Sirisena later dissolved Parliament, almost 20 months before its term was to end, and ordered a snap election.

The country's overturned Sirisena's decision to dissolve Parliament and halted the preparations for snap polls. The apex court will hear more arguments and is expected to deliver the verdict next week.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 19:40 IST