Sri Lanka's Court of Appeal on Monday issued an interim order restraining Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Cabinet from functioning until the petition against them is heard.
The decision by the Court of Appeal on Monday is the latest setback to Sirisena and Rajapakse, whose attempt to take power almost two years ahead of the next elections plunged Sri Lanka into crisis.
Deposed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told reporters today that the UNF has no issue with agreeing to an election.
Mahinda Rajapaksa, whose functioning as Prime Minister was stayed by the Court of Appeal pending the disposal of a petition filed by 122 Members of Parliament on Monday, has said that he will challenge the stay in the Supreme Court on Tuesday on the grounds that in Constitutional matters, only the Supreme Court is competent to adjudicate.
"The president has to appoint me prime minister as I command a majority in parliament", he said.
Rajapaksa and his cabinet ministers have been asked to appear in court on December 12, the judge added.
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The court of appeal said "irreparable damage" could be done to Sri Lanka if Rajapakse, whose controversial appointment as prime minister a month ago sparked a political crisis, was allowed to remain as head of government.
Mr. Sirisena later dissolved Parliament, nearly 20 months before its term was to end, and ordered a snap election.
Rajapaksa is seen as a hero by many among Sri Lanka's Buddhist majority for ending a bloody war with Tamil rebels in 2009, but has been accused by diplomats and global rights groups of human rights abuses, which he denies.
The sources said the president may now rescind the order, effectively pre-empting a court ruling that they expect to overturn his decision anyway.
Prior to the crisis, Wickramasinghe's UNP had the backing of 106 parliamentarians while Rajapaksa and Sirisena combine had 95 seats.
Mr. Rajapaksa has, so far, failed to prove his majority in Parliament.