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All cabinet decisions of Sirisena-Rajapaksa cabinet suspended

The implementation of all cabinet decisions taken during the past month by the new cabinet of ministers appointed by president Maithripala Sirisena have been suspended following the court order today (3).

The Court of Appeal issued an interim injunction order restraining 'purported' Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Cabinet from functioning until the hearing of the Writ of Quo Warranto filed against them holding office is concluded.

The recent populist tax revisions and ad hoc concessions offered to the public on the directions of former Finance Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has led to a loosening of fiscal policy, a decline in economic growth and resulted in the suspension of foreign investment, economic experts said.

15 tax revisions which will come into effect from January 1 next year on the directions of the Ministry of Finance have also been restrained.     

An attempt to raise billions of rupees for government coffers by way of directing public corporations and state owned companies to invest surplus funds in eight state-owned banks with the aim of bringing such funds under the finance ministry purview has also been thwarted.

The implementation of all Cabinet decisions taken since the unconstitutional coup will also have to be suspended, Justice Ministry sources said.

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