Rajapaksa ratifies impeachment, sacks first woman Chief Justice

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Sunday sacked the country's first woman Chief Justice by ratifying her controversial impeachment by Parliament on corruption charges despite protests at home and global calls for restraint, pushing the nation into the brink of a major Constitutional stand-off.

Shirani Bandaranayake was served a notice ordering her to quit her post, two days after the Parliament overwhelmingly voted to impeach her deepening the row between the judiciary and the Sri Lankan government.

Presidential aide Wijayananda Herath said the letter signed by Rajapaksa was delivered to the Chief Justice's residence. Bandaranayake's lawyers confirmed the receipt of the letter informing her of her removal from the post.

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