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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka has issued an order putting on hold the decree of President Maithripala Sirisena on the dissolution of the parliament, Adaderana reported on Tuesday.

    The ruling of the Supreme Court will be effective until December 7, while on December 4-6, the three-member judge bench will take up the petitions for hearing, according to Adaderana news portal.

    Earlier this week, key political parties and associations of Sri Lanka sent petitions to the Supreme Court demanding to revise the illegal, in their view, presidential decision to dissolve the parliament.

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    Commenting on the issue, a spokesperson for the Russian embassy in Colombo told Sputnik that the situation in Sri Lanka is still calm, despite a difficult political environment in the country.

    "The current situation is still calm," the spokesperson said.

    On October 26, Sirisena appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa, the former president of Sri Lanka from 2005 to 2015, on the post of the prime minister, shortly after sacking elected Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

    Wickremesinghe said that he is still the head of the government in accordance with the constitution. After that Sirisena announced a break in the parliamentary work triggering a wave of protests across the country.

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