President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, right, has been running the government without a parliament since it was dissolved in March [File: Ishara S Kodikara/AFP]

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court is due to rule in a key constitutional case challenging President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s decision not to reconvene parliament in light of a delayed general election – a case that observers say could have lasting implications for the island nation’s democracy.

Hearings began on Monday, when six petitioners and the government’s counsel argued on the legality of summoning a parliament that was dissolved earlier this year.

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At the heart of the cases lies the issue of the country’s general election, originally scheduled for April 25 after President Rajapaksa dissolved parliament on March 2.

The Election Commission later

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