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.
President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday dissolved parliament and called snap elections for January 5, two weeks after firing the prime minister.
Three parties have asked the Supreme Court to declare President Maithripala Sirisena's actions as illegal after the president dismissed the parliament.
Mangala Samaraweera from the country's largest United National party says the decision of President Maithripala Sirisena, who dismissed the entire parliament in a midnight manoeuvre, will be challenged in the court.
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.
Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena fired the sitting prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, on October 26 and appointed Rajapaksa in his place, sparking a political crisis.
President Maithripala Sirisena shut the parliament soon after sacking Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister and naming former strongman leader Mahinda Rajapakse in his place.
Confusion gripped the island nation of Sri Lanka over the weekend, as President Maithripala Sirisena sacked his prime minister and appointed controversial former president Mahinda Rajapaksa in his place.
Sacked Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe refuses to vacate his Temple Trees official residence as police seek a court order to evict him.
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