Businessman Dhammika Perera is due to be sworn in Parliament this morning as a Member of Parliament from the National List of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna.
Perera’s name was handed over to the National Election Commission as a replacement following the seat left vacant with the resignation of Basil Rajapaksa earlier this month.
Perera’s name was gazetted as a MP on the 10th of June by the Election Commission.
However, five Fundamental Rights petitions were filed against the appointment of Dhammika Perera as a MP, that questioned the constitutionality of him accepting a post in Parliament.
When the petitions were being considered before the Supreme Court, Perera informed Court that he does not intend on taking oath as a MP until Court reaches a verdict over the petitions.
The Supreme Court yesterday dismissed the five fundamental rights petitions without taking them up for consideration.
Accordingly, Dhammika Perera is likely to take oath today as a MP and is expected to be sworn in as the Minister of Technology and Investment Promotion.