Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court won’t annul Parliament dissolution

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court is declining to consider petitions filed by opposition parties and civil groups seeking to annul a presidential order dissolving Parliament because the coronavirus pandemic has prevented elections within the constitutionally mandated time. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa dissolved Parliament on March 2. The elections commission told the court that polls are still not possible and it will need up to 10 weeks from the the time health authorities declare the country safe before holding elections. Rajapaksa dissolved Parliament because his party did not have a majority.