Sri Lanka's Supreme Court unanimously ruled as unconstitutional President Maithripala Sirisena's order to dissolve Parliament and call for fresh elections.
The island has been in crisis since President Maithripala Sirisena replaced Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with Rajapaksa in October, and then issued an order dissolving parliament and called for a general election.
The move comes a day after lawmakers voted to cut off government money to the office of disputed prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Sri Lanka's disputed prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will no longer be able to use government money for his day-to-day expenses. A similar motion to cut down the expenditure of all other ministers is planned.
Chaos continues a day after a fierce brawl between rival legislators paralysed work in the island country's parliament, part of wider constitutional crisis. Meanwhile, president rejects Rajapaksa no-confidence vote, again.
The past few weeks have thrown the Indian Ocean nation into political chaos as rival parties jockey for power. The constitutional crisis has put a spotlight on multiple political issues that have been simmering for a while.
There were scenes of chaos in the House on Thursday as rival parties grappled for control. Parliament passed a no-confidence motion against recently appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his government on Wednesday.
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya rules a majority of 225-member assembly supported motion against president's chosen Mahinda Rajapakse who was made prime minister on October 26 in place of Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Three parties have asked the Supreme Court to declare President Maithripala Sirisena's actions as illegal after the president dismissed the parliament.
President Maithripala Sirisena signed a decree dismissing the island's 225-member assembly and scheduled parliamentary elections for January 5, nearly two years ahead of schedule.
The island nation has been engulfed in turmoil since President Maithripala Sirisena dismissed prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last month and replaced him with former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, triggering constitutional crisis and protests.
Ousted premier Ranil Wickremesinghe has refused to accept his surprise sacking by President Maithripala Sirisena, who named former strongman president Mahinda Rajapakse as the new premier.
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