Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse on Sunday sacked the chief justice by ratifying a controversial parliamentary vote, defying international calls for restraint and plunging the country into a constitutional crisis.
Sri Lanka's chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake, pictured as she attends a musical show in Colombo, on December 13, 2012. President Mahinda Rajapakse on Sunday sacked Bandaranayake by ratifying parliament's vote to impeach her, his spokesman said.
Shirani Bandaranayake, the first woman to hold the office of top judge, had issued several decisions at odds with the government. Rajapakse dismissed her after a closed-door meeting with other judges on Saturday, according to a presidential spokesman.
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