The President does not have the power to dismiss a Prime Minister according to the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardene said today.
Minister Abeywardene told the media that the stability of the government has been ensured by the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which was enacted in April 2015. He also said the President also could not dissolve Parliament till four and a half years of Parliament's term is completed.
"The mandate given by the people in January 8, 2015 still remains intact. A new president was elected in 2015 but the mandate received by the local bodies in 2011 remained unchanged till their terms were over. The situation remains the same now as well as the mandate received by the Sri Lanka Podu Jana Party is different while the mandate received in 2015 is separate," the Minister said.
The minister added that the mandate of 2015 remains the same as all the parties who asked for a mandate for a change in 2015 has got a total percentage of 55 percent at this year's local government election.
He added that those who made statements were not aware of the real situation. "The statements that have been made so far are not in line with the Constitution" he added. (Yohan Perera)
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AjithZ Thursday, 15 February 2018 11:02 PM
May be the president doesn't have the power to remove the PM. However , think its time he resigns for the country's sake.
Dr.Siri Thursday, 15 February 2018 11:05 PM
How come without knowing the constitution they be members of the parliament
Citizen Thursday, 15 February 2018 11:33 PM
Vajira is a very honest and senior politician which is very rare to find these days.He is one of the few people who can take the UNP forward and better the party.
Ceylon Thursday, 15 February 2018 11:43 PM
Minister is correct.these foolish politicians dont know and dont care the laws.they are idiots and thieves.luckyly elected due to lies.not due to inteligent person.
CITIZEN Thursday, 15 February 2018 11:46 PM
In the first instance what is the necessity for a change and for the Prime Minister to step down? If the reason is that the UNP led by Ranil Wickremasinghe, the Prime Minister has been defeated at the local polls, what about the UPFA and SLFP led by the President, which have suffered a humiliating defeat, many times worse than the UNP? If the stupid logic of some fools is to be considered it should apply first to the President who is the leader of the two Parties which are in partnership with the UNP in the Govt.
UNP voter Friday, 16 February 2018 12:15 AM
By we, the voters, can dismiss all of you. Please be warned that you can expect the same fate at the provincial council elections if the criminal cartel is not behind bars by then. Your bogus speeches to cover up your deals with the crooks aren't fooling anyone.
wiseman Friday, 16 February 2018 12:27 AM
If President does not remove PM, people will.
Galle Man Friday, 16 February 2018 02:16 AM
Politicos make statements not necessarily telling the truth but to look after their own skin. This man is in that category! Good for nothing!!
Ram Friday, 16 February 2018 03:18 AM
Politicians all the time disregard the law and they have at time even disregarded some provisions of the Constitution.
Cham Friday, 16 February 2018 04:21 AM
PM and UNP should think whether UNP votes will increase or further decrease if current PM stays for 2 more years.
Banda Friday, 16 February 2018 04:42 AM
If the then newly elected President Sirisena could appoint an MP (Ranil) who commanded just 40 seats as PM without removing the then PM with over 140 seats, why couldn't he do the same thing again? Surely there is no clause in the 19th amendment that says; he should offer the PMs job to the MP who could command over 113 seats in parliament.
Mm Friday, 16 February 2018 04:55 AM
PM GOT THE POST BECAUSE PRESIDENT APPOINTED HIM. He is about to enter the Guinness book
Lanka Friday, 16 February 2018 05:39 AM
He should be given a course in Constitution
Nelum Fernando Friday, 16 February 2018 11:09 AM
Which means even after millions of wrong doings done by the PM, the executive president has no powers to chase him out! What a wonderful world?
Banda Friday, 16 February 2018 11:23 AM
Why dismiss the PM? Just as President Sirisena disregarded the reigning PM Jayaratna when he appointed Ranil as the PM, Sirisena may replace Ranil too with whomever he deem to 'think' commands the majority. 19A had not touch that prerogative of the President.
fareed Friday, 16 February 2018 11:33 AM
Well, the Prime Minister and the Presidents are the ones who brought the most corrupted regime to its knees.. Without the Prime Minister UNP will be very poor.
lankaputha Friday, 16 February 2018 03:34 PM
how did he did the same when he came to power?>
smartgent Friday, 26 October 2018 10:06 PM
It seems the 19th amendment prevents the President to remove the PM. But what if the opposition has the majority in the Parliament and brings a motion and votes in favour for the removal of the PM?
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