Sri Lankan court puts prime minister's position on hold

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan court has stayed disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his ministers from holding their positions as it hears an appeal against them.

The Court of Appeal also decided Monday to call the case for hearing again Dec. 12.

Sri Lanka has been in political turmoil since Oct. 26, when President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointed Rajapaksa in his place.

But Rajapaksa has failed to show a working majority in Parliament and lost two no-confidence votes.

Some 122 lawmakers who are opposed to Rajapaksa in the 225-member Parliament challenged Rajapaksa and his ministers' right to hold office.