In a historic ruling, the seven-member judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Nalin Jayalath Perera, unanimously decided that President Maithripala Sirisena’s Gazette to dissolve Parliament is unconstitutional.
The verdict stated the President was not allowed to dissolve Parliament before four and a half years under the provisions of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.
Chief Justice Nalin Perera also said that if President wants to dissolve Parliament before four and a half years there must be a resolution passed by 2/3 majority in Parliament
Justice Sisira de Abrew presented different reasons for the decision but made the same judgement, making it a unanimous decision.
Although the proceedings were scheduled to begin at 4 PM, the judges took their seats at 4.55 PM to deliver the judgement and delivered the judgement immediately.
“We trust that the President will promptly respect the judgment of the courts. The legislature, judiciary, and the executive are equally important pillars of a democracy and the checks and balances that they provide are crucial to ensuring the sovereignty of its citizens,” UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said, after the ruling.
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