Sri Lanka court prevents Rajapaksa from acting as PM

Published: December 03, 2018 16:42:51 | Updated: December 05, 2018 11:23:29

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A Sri Lankan court has issued an order preventing Mahinda Rajapaksa from as acting as prime minister and holding cabinet meetings.

The order, which was issued on Monday, is the latest twist to a political drama gripping the South Asian country, reports Reuters.

The Appeal Court began a hearing on a petition on Friday signed by 122 legislators that challenged Rajapaksa’s authority to hold office after he lost two no-confidence votes last month.

 “An interim order is granted against the first respondent functioning as the prime minister...also issuing interim order against 30 other respondents functioning in their offices,” judge Preethipadhman Surasena said.

Rajapaksa and his cabinet ministers have been asked to appear in court on Dec 12, the judge added.

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