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Sri Lanka crisis: Rajapaksa files appeal in SC against interim court's order

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

An appeal was filed Tuesday in Sri Lanka's against a court order that barred from acting as

The in an interim order Monday temporary halted Rajapaksa and his Cabinet from functioning in their positions in response to a case filed by 122 legislators against his disputed government. The court set the hearing of the case for December 12 and 13.

said the appeal was filed in the against the interim order issued by the Court of Appeal, reported.

Rajapaksa had said on Monday that he would appeal against the Court of Appeal's interim order.

"We will not agree with the interim order issued by the today suspending the Cabinet. We will appeal to the first thing tomorrow against it," Rajapaksa said in a statement.

He said that it was the Supreme Court which has the power to interpret the Constitution.

As many as 122 parliamentarians of Wickeremesinghe's United National Party (UNP), and last month filed a petition in the challenging Rajapaksa's authority as the

The interim ruling was a major blow to both and Rajapaksa after the former had appointed his ex-rival as the on October 26, plunging the country into a major constitutional crisis.

Sirisena later dissolved Parliament, almost 20 months before its term was to end, and ordered snap election. The Supreme Court overturned Sirisena's decision to dissolve Parliament and halted the preparations for snap polls.

The political crisis has crippled the government for more than a month.

Ousted prime minister and Rajapaksa both claim to be the prime ministers. Wickremesinghe says his dismissal is invalid because he still holds a majority in the 225-member Parliament.

Prior to the crisis, Wickramasinghe's UNP had the backing of 106 parliamentarians while Rajapaksa and Sirisena combine had 95 seats.

Rajapaksa has, so far, failed to prove his majority in Parliament.

Wickremesinghe, with the support from the main Tamil party, claims to have the support of more than 113 legislators, required for simple majority.

The (TNA) has 16 seats in the house and JVP has six legislators.

The UNF has moved three no trust motions against Rajapaksa, who has refused to step down.

The Sri Lankan has said that due to sharp personal differences with Wickremesinghe he would not reappoint him as the Prime Minister.

However, Wickremesinghe's UNP claims that Sirisena will be left with no choice as he would be the man who will command the confidence in the House.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 16:45 IST