Moves to get President’s term extended unethical: SLPP

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The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) today said the decision taken by President Maithripala Sirisena to seek Court opinion to ‘get his term extended’ was unethical since he pledged not to contest for a second term.

Addressing a news briefing held at the SLPP office in Battaramulla, MP Ramesh Pathirana said there was a move to seek court opinion next week, on the commencement date of the President's tenure.

“This move is to clarify whether the President’s term commenced on January 9, 2015, when the President was sworn in his office or on May 19, 2015, when the 19th Amendment was passed in parliament. The President earlier too sought court opinion on his tenure. He is on a mission to get his tenure extended," Dr. Pathirana said.

Meanwhile, MP Piyal Nishantha said it was unfortunate that the President was seeking an extension of the tenure by even one day since he pledged not to contest for a second term.

He said government leaders were attempting to go for a general election first because of the presidential candidate issue within the United National Party and so that President Sirisena could continue for a longer term in the presidency. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

 

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  • TONY Thursday, 04 July 2019 11:11 PM

    SLPP WILL BE OVER THE MOON IF MAHINDER IS ALLOWED TO CONTEST PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS AGAIN. WHAT A SET OF BOOT LICKING JOKERS

    smartgent Friday, 05 July 2019 12:20 AM

    No extension. He should be sent home for good. He is the main cause of the bomb blast by the terrorists and also the unrest in the country. He is not fit to hold any political position and should never be elected to parliament again.

    Buddhist Friday, 05 July 2019 02:15 AM

    What else can we expect from the power greedy illiterate person.

    Ram Friday, 05 July 2019 03:45 AM

    President has acted like a Bull in a China Shop. So this is nothing new

    ravin Friday, 05 July 2019 06:02 AM

    impeachment


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