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The Supreme Court's ruling delivered earlier this year on the term of office of President Maithripala Sirisena makes it clear that former president Mahinda Rajapaksa cannot contest the next presidential election, UNP MP Thushara Indunil told a media briefing today.

President Sirisena sought SC's ruling on whether his tenure was for six years or five years.

“The SC ruled that his term will end in five years even though he was elected prior to the enactment of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which limited the tenure of the executive president to five years thougah previously it extended to six years. This determination makes it clear that former President cannot contest again even though he was elected to the presidency on two occasions prior to the enactment of 19th Amendment,” the MP said.

He said former president Rajapaksa would only damage his reputation if he contested again.

Responding to a question asked by a journalist, the MP said his party was in no way worried or alarmed about Mr. Rajapaksa contesting for a third term.

“We keep talking of Mr. Rajapaksa whenever a new topic surfaces among the public,” he said and added that speculation about his third term has come up because of divisions among members of the joint opposition who are unable to select a presidential candidate.

“Some want former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to be the presidential candidate while others are promoting former minister Basil Rajapaksa. The name of former president's wife Shiranthi had also popped up from time to time. All this shows that the joint opposition is divided,” the MP said.
When asked why the UNP was not talking of its candidate, the MP said it was too early for the UNP to decide on a candidate.

“At the proper time, we will decide whether it is Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who should contest or some other member of the party. There is no need to rush,” he said. (Yohan Perera)

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  • sach Tuesday, 21 August 2018 10:04 PM

    As a person who voted for this yahapalana, I say , I was wrong we want MR back

    Unchikun Wednesday, 22 August 2018 10:34 AM

    As a person who voted for Yahapalanaya, I want both the UNP, SLFP and the Bud out. We need a Trump. A Trump is a powerful weapon to bring Sri Lanka back to sanity. Stop all corruption which is now our culture.

    M. Basnayake Wednesday, 22 August 2018 11:27 AM

    Don't joke. I have seen a few Mr supporters pretend like they supported the yahapalana before. The leaders today maybe incompetent and thieves, but the previous leaders were also murderers on top of being incompetent and thieves

    silva Wednesday, 22 August 2018 11:29 AM

    Liar. you voted MR

    Cisco Tuesday, 21 August 2018 10:48 PM

    Why you all so fear about him? Let him defeated by a poll like happen in 2015.

    Gamaya Tuesday, 21 August 2018 11:13 PM

    If M3 Ranil or MR were to come forward they will all loose. Because they do not have the interests of the country at heart.

    silva Wednesday, 22 August 2018 11:30 AM

    Unfortunately, that's not how it works..

    K Perera Wednesday, 22 August 2018 12:00 AM

    Thank GOD.

    Manu Wednesday, 22 August 2018 10:25 AM

    Is this the burning problem of SL, you idiot? If you have fulfilled the Yalapalanaya promises ypu need not be afraid of. Why are you Yalapalanaya afraid and terrified of MR? Take the challenge and let MR contest. You baby politicians.

    Bobby Pereira Wednesday, 22 August 2018 12:22 PM

    My My My. The UNP is so concerned about MR damaging his own reputation. What a sympathetic party? (Or what a baya party).

    Wise Donkey Wednesday, 22 August 2018 12:56 PM

    Kiri Pany kapuekata thami danne eke raha! Why not, go ahead like Mugabe of Zimbabwe!

    Bota Wednesday, 22 August 2018 01:01 PM

    Please Don't humiliate MR calling him to contest again and again.

    shanthapriya Wednesday, 22 August 2018 01:19 PM

    MY3 was elected before the 19th amendment. thereforethe SC ruling was correct. That does not apply to future presidents. MR can contest and win or lose

    SUMANA Wednesday, 22 August 2018 04:52 PM

    WHY ALWAYS MR TO BE AS PRESIDENT?THERE ARE ENOUGH INDEPENDENT FEARLESS BRAVE PEOPLE'S IN OUR COUNTRY TO BE ELECTED AS PRESIDENT


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