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.


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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