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Sri Lanka parliament votes to impeach chief justice

Published on Jan 11, 2013 10:50 PM
 
Sri Lankan lawyers protest against the government's move to impeach Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake outside the supreme court in Colombo on Jan 11, 2013. 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. -- PHOTO: AFP

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 favour, above the simple majority in the 225-member legislature.