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By Jamila Najmuddin


The Supreme Court has determined that the second term of President Mahinda Rajapaksa begins from November 19, 2010 and not November 19, 2011, an official at the President’s office told Daily Mirror online.

The communiqué making the determination was sent to the President’s office today, the spokesman for the President’s office Lucien Rajakarunanayake told Daily Mirror online.

“The Supreme Court communiqué has reached the President’s office today and it states that President Mahinda Rajapakse’s second term will begin on November 19, 2010,” Mr. Rajakarunanayake told Daily Mirror online.

A seven judge Bench of the Supreme Court on Monday took up the reference made by President elect Mahinda Rajapakse seeking the opinion on the question as to when his second term of office as President would start and end.

The Bench comprised Chief Justice Asoka de Silva, Justices Shirani A. Bandaranayake, Jagath Balapatabendi, K. Sripavan, P.A. Ratnayake, Chandra Ekanayake and S.I. Imam.
Attorney General Mohan Peiris with Deputy Solicitor General Jayantha Jayasuriya and Senior State Counsel Nerin Pulle and A.H.M.D.Nawaz maintained that the date the President has to assume office as being November 19, 2010.

President’s Counsel D.S. Wijesinghe appearing for intervenient petitioner Mendis Rohanadeera and President’s Counsel Nihal Jayamanne appearing for intervenient Petitioner Sarath Kongahage maintained that the date the President has to assume office as being November 19, 2011.

They contended that the incumbent President sought the mandate from people for a further term of office of Presidency for 6 years. They maintained that the people had given him the mandate of first term of his office for 6 years and that it cannot be abridged or truncated.

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  • Tuesday, 02 February 2010 12:59 PM

    Basically, our KING has cheated the electorate.

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 01:10 PM

    Aayi? I don't know Why!
    Will there be no President till November?

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 01:18 PM

    Indeed it's a waste of time for the Supreme Court to sit with 7 Judges to sort out the commencement of President's new term. This is a good joke. Why? He is not a president who abides by the Supreme Court directives.

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 01:33 PM

    Shouldn't the presidential position have been declared vacant before the election of a new President. Does it mean that we have no President till 19 November 2010? What would have happened if Gen Fonseka won, and MR was still President?

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 01:43 PM

    Afterall president's stooges are in the SC including the CJ. What else would you expect.
    RudK

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 07:21 PM

    Who cares?

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 08:15 PM

    Let's read news of 'new factories being opened,' 'the private sector booming,' 'COL down,' 'eduction & health improved,' 'self-sufficieny in food,' etc. We are looking foward to a 'Brighter Future,' under your leadershp!

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 08:50 PM

    Can we have an election, and within a month, have a second election, so that the winner can rule for 12 years in one go?

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 09:08 PM

    When I voted for him, I assumed that his second term would start immediately. I was so gullible!

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 02:27 PM

    7 more years of the Rajapaksa regime!

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 09:48 PM

    'Double standards' on CBK nd MR cases? We are all confused!

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 02:47 PM

    Why President does not know when his term begins. He is very qualified for the position. SC has played the safe role by satisfing both sides. One year more and one year less. We are not stupied but helpless.

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 10:28 PM

    Then, why didn't he wait and call for the election closer to November 2010?

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 02:56 PM

    It seems, MR has been blessed by God Kataragama

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 02:57 PM

    What kind of a screwed up constitution that Sri Lanaka got. According to common sense the second term should start from one or 2 weeks from the election results are declared.

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 02:59 PM

    We have a Constipation. Not a constitution

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 02:59 PM

    SC means stooges club?

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 10:45 PM

    You know the saying, 'People deserve the politicians they elect'!

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 10:46 PM

    The 'good god' is in 'his nick of the woods'!

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 11:24 PM

    Guess what, Ranil can contest again in 2016 and he's happy with that.

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 03:20 PM

    MR will never voluntarily give up power so does not make a difference if term begins this year, next year, whenever

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 03:31 PM

    Irrelevant to us!

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 03:49 PM

    It may start in November, but it won't end for centuries! Good bye democracy, good bye freedom. One terrorist was defeated by SF, another is live and kicking. Sri lanka brace yourselves for terrorism 2.

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 03:51 PM

    Term starts on November 19th & ends when?

    The day he dies ?

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 03:52 PM

    Spot on Upul, welcome to Kekille Land. That would have given the movers and shakers a clear 11 months to get rid of the threat. Election won. Winner Dead.!!

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 03:55 PM

    The President has appointed the present CJ, several judges of the Supreme Court and Attirney General in violation of the Constitutional provisions. Earlier he has in the capacity of Minister of Finance disregarded a Supreme Court ruling to reduce the price of petrol. So what is the use for him to ask the interprete the constutional provision in respect of his taking oath? He can do the way he like.

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 03:56 PM

    Naduth President ge Baduth President ge

    Suba Anagathayak Rajapaksa Family

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 11:58 AM

    You are now on the Term-test !.

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 12:04 PM

    We have a stupid constitution. Period.

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 12:15 PM

    Suba anaagathayak !!!

    Tuesday, 02 February 2010 12:40 PM

    till forever?


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