Sri Lanka SC no to snap polls

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court has thwarted the president’s attempt to dissolve parliament and call a snap election.

The court is scheduled to look at the issue again in early December.
But for now the legislature is set to reconvene. That could pave the way for the ousted prime minister to regain his position.

The political crisis stems from rivalry between pro-China and pro-India factions in the country. When President Maithripala Sirisena took office in 2015, he appointed Ranil Wickremesinghe as his prime minister.  He helped Sirisena win the presidential election.  Last month… Sirisena sacked his prime minister alleging he was corrupt.

And Sirisena replaced him with pro-China former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The opposition says the firing was unconstitutional and the move sparked protests in the country. Critics allege the president’s election call was a ploy to help his current prime ministerial pick gain power.

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