Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake arrives at the parliament to appear before a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC), appointed to look into impeachment charges against her, in Colombo, November 23, 2012. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
Sri Lanka parliament votes to impeach chief justice
Posted : Friday, 11 January 2013 09:41AM
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's parliament voted to impeach the country's chief justice on Friday, disregarding rulings from the Supreme Court that the process was illegal and threatened judicial independence.
The parliament, dominated by a coalition headed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa's party, impeached Shirani Bandaranayake, Sri Lanka's first female chief justice, with 155 votes in favor, above the simple majority in the 225-member legislature. (Reporting by Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal; Editing by Alison Williams)
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