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* Sri Lanka's controversial PM rejects court verdict restraining him, plans to appeal to Supreme Court
Mon, Dec 3, 2018, 08:27 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 03, Colombo: Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka's Prime Minister appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena in October has rejected today's court ruling restraining him from functioning as the Prime Minister and said he will appeal to the Supreme Court against the lower court's order.

Sri Lanka's Court of Appeal on Monday issued an interim injection until December 12th barring Rajapaksa and his Cabinet from functioning in their positions in response to a writ of Quo Warranto filed by 122 legislators against the disputed government.

Issuing a statement, Rajapaksa said they disagree with the ruling given by a lower court and measures are being taken now to file an appeal in the Supreme Court tomorrow seeking a reversal.

"We do not agree with the decision given by the Appeals Court as Constitutional matters are finally decided by the Supreme Court. We will be filing an appeal first thing in the morning tomorrow," he said.

Rajapaksa called on the public to support him to win the struggle to hold a general election to stabilize the country that is engulfed in a political crisis created by appointing him as the Prime Minister and dissolving the former government by the President.


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