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Sri Lanka top court stays president's order to sack parliament

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Sri Lanka top court stays president's order to sack parliament

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COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed President Maithripala Sirisena's decision to dissolve parliament until next month in a further twist in the country's political crisis.

Sirisena dissolved parliament on Friday night and called a general election for Jan. 5, two weeks after removing his coalition prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The top court, hearing a punch of petitions by supporters of Wickremesinghe, stayed the president's order on technical grounds, a Reuters reporter in court said.

(Reporting by Shihar Aneez; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)

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