Sri Lankan Court temporarily bars disputed Prime Minister Rajapaksa from office

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The power struggle between ousted Sri Lankan Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and the newly appointed Prime Minister Rajapaksa has reached a new level. On 3 December 2018, a Sri Lankan Appeals Court issued an interim injunction restraining Rajapaksa from his office as Prime minister until the petition challenging his appointment is heard.

Ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and 121 other Parliamentarians went to court last month seeking a writ of Quo Warranto, which would require Rajapaksa to show what authority empowers him to exercise in the office of prime minister. They declare that Mahinda Rajapaksa is not entitled to hold the office despite the fact that the president Maithripala Sirisena rejected two no-confidence motions against Rajapaksa.

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