The Attorney General yesterday informed the Supreme Court that it has no jurisdiction to entertain petitions questioning the conduct of the President, as such the dissolution of Parliament by him under Article 126 of the Constitution.
Although over 48 hours have been passed after issuing an Interim Order preventing the functioning of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet of Ministers in the purported Government, no action has been taken to establish a Government, Parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera said.
Mahinda Rajapaksa has filed an appeal with the Supreme Court against the interim order issued by the court of appeal restraining the respondent from functioning as the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers, deputy ministers and State Ministers.
Credit rating agency Fitch downgraded Sri Lanka on Tuesday, citing refinancing risks and an uncertain policy outlook, after President Maithripala Sirisena’s sacking of his prime minister in October triggered a political crisis.
The status quo that existed before October 26 can be restored now following the interim order given by the Appeal Court as it is given against an individual and not against a post, UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said.