President Maithripala Sirisena met with top bureaucrats on Tuesday and told them to "fulfill their respective duties and responsibilities" without disruption while the prime minister and cabinet were prevented by the court from carrying out their work.
Deposed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told reporters today that the UNF has no issue with agreeing to an election.
A Sri Lanka court on Monday suspended Mahinda Rajapakse's powers as prime minister and ruled that his cabinet could not function until its legitimacy was established. Surasena said "irreversible damage could be caused" if Rajapaksa and his cabinet took office before the hearing, Al Jazeera reported.
The interim ruling was a major blow to both President Sirisena and Rajapaksa after the former had appointed the latter as the prime minister on October 26, plunging the country into constitutional crisis.
"A legal Government can submit a motion to Parliament and if there is 2/3rd majority we can hold an election before the 4 1/2 year term of the current Parliament ends", he said. Wickremesinghe says his dismissal is invalid because he still holds a majority in the 225-member Parliament.
Sri Lanka's toppled premier likened the president to Hitler on Tuesday as he demanded to be reinstated, nearly six weeks into a paralysing political crisis in the Indian Ocean nation.
"There is a possibility of withdrawing the gazette", said a source in regular discussion with Sirisena, referring to the official announcement by which the president dissolved parliament.
Rajapaksa, a former president, has lost two confidence votes in parliament but has refused to resign. When Sirisena tried to dissolve the assembly in retaliation, it was temporarily blocked by the country's supreme court.
The Tamil MPs last week pledged support to sacked premier Wickremesinghe, further weakening the position of the Sirisena-Rajapakse coalition.
The Sri Lankan president has said that due to sharp personal differences with Wickremesinghe he would not reappoint him as the Prime Minister.