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Interim order suspending dissolution of Parliament extended until Saturday

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By ITN News Editor December 6, 2018 18:56

Interim order suspending dissolution of Parliament extended until Saturday

The Supreme Court has extended the interim order issued suspending the Gazette notification issued by the President on the dissolution of Parliament, until the 08th of December.

Meanwhile the hearing of petitions filed against the President’s gazette to dissolve Parliament resumed before the Supreme Court for the third day this morning. The hearing of the petitions took place before a seven member bench of Supreme Court Judges including the Chief Justice.

The Attorney General made submissions yesterday. President’s Counsel Manohara de Silva commenced making submissions on behalf of Pivithuru Hela Urumaya Party Leader Udaya Gammanpila appearing as an intervening petitioner. In his submission he said that the President had the necessary power to dissolve Parliament according to Article 62 (2) of the Constitution before the end of term of the Parliament. Manohara de Silva pointed out that lawmakers had taken action to include a popular political phrase in the 19th Amendment that the President is responsible for Parliament.

President’s Counsel Ali Sabri who appeared on behalf of another intervening petitioner Jagath Wellawatte pointed out that as indicated in Article 70 (1) of the Constitution limits made in Article 62 (2) and 33 (3) of the Constitution are not related to the dissolution of Parliament by the President. As such Ali Sabry mentioned that according to provisions of the 19th Amendment there are no obstructions for the President at this juncture to dissolve Parliament.

The Supreme Court on the 13th of November issued an interim injunction temporarily suspending the implementation of the gazette notification issued by the President dissolving Parliament. This interim order is valid until tomorrow.

The petitions against the declaration of dissolution of Parliament by the President came up for hearing before the Bench comprising Chief Justice Nalin Perera, Justices Buwaneka Aluwihare, Sisira J de Abrew, Priyantha Jayawardena, Prasanna S. Jayawardena, Vijith K. Malalgoda and Murdu Fernando.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor December 6, 2018 18:56
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