Asia-Pacific

Sri Lanka court puts PM's position on hold

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has failed to show a working majority in parliament. (AAP)

Sri Lanka has been in political turmoil since October 26 when President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

A Sri Lankan court has stayed disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his ministers from holding their positions as it hears an appeal against them.

The Court of Appeal also decided on Monday to call the case for hearing again on December 12.

Sri Lanka has been in political turmoil since October 26, when President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointed Rajapaksa in his place.

But Rajapaksa has failed to show a working majority in parliament and lost two no-confidence votes.

Some 122 politicians who are opposed to Rajapaksa in the 225-member parliament challenged Rajapaksa and his ministers' right to hold office.

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