Nov 29, 2018

Gazette dissolving parliament to be withdrawn

President Maithripala Sirisena has decided to withdraw the gazette notification he had issued to dissolve parliament and to call for a general election, before the petitions against it are taken up, say presidential secretariat sources.

Accordingly, a gazette for the withdrawal of the previous one will be issued on December 04, the sources say.

Parties opposed to the president’s action have petitioned the Supreme Court and obtained a stay order against it.

The petition will be taken up in the first week of December by a seven-member judges bench.

What S.B. said

Meanwhile, S.B. Dissanayake told a media briefing on November 22 that they would request the president to abandon the idea of a general election, noting that he could withdraw the relevant gazette notification.

Claiming the government had a majority in parliament, he said a new speaker would be appointed and the government continued until October 2020.

The presidential election will be preceded by the provincial council election, he added.

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