Former Minister D.E.W. Gunasekara yesterday challenged the UNP to seek the opinion of the Supreme Court if they maintain that the President had violated the Constitution by sacking Ranil Wickremesinghe from the Prime Ministerial post and proroguing Parliament.
He told the media at the party office that President Maithripala Sirisena has acted according to the provisions of the Constitution and not violated a even a letter of the Constitution.
“Who protested when former Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne was sacked in January 2015 and appointed Mr. Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister when President Sirisena won the Presidential Poll?” he asked and added Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa was appointed as the Prime Minister after removing Mr. Wickremesinghe on October 26 by President Sirisena on the same constitutional provisions.
“The Constitution clearly says that the President is the head of State, head of the cabinet, head of the government and the commander of the Armed forces. Therefore he is the absolute leader of all state affairs and the country and his action cannot be challenged at any court of law. They know it and attempt to resolve the issue in a different forum,” Mr. Gunasekara said. (Sandun A Jayasekera)
Jagath Leanage Friday, 9 November 2018 01:59
Without challenging others , why dont you show 113?
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De Silva Friday, 9 November 2018 02:01
Easiest way is through the parliament to show the majority. SC will take another 3 months to hear the case.
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krishantha F Friday, 9 November 2018 02:06
Who asked for his opinion ? He has no idea of the new constitution ? Every tom dick harry is giving their opinions with lots of publicity
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persona Friday, 9 November 2018 02:52
It is not about the constitution, it is about how humane you are? Just consider the mess we are in and be patriotic to the country.
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Ram Friday, 9 November 2018 03:50
When the right place to decide is the Parliament why go to SC. To me Dew, you appear to be suffering from alzheimer' s
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Lal Friday, 9 November 2018 05:20
You guys already said that SC can't do anything so what's the point?
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Me Friday, 9 November 2018 05:52
Hi Dew,Did you know that 19th Amendment was passed? After which the president's powers are limited. It is interesting that senior politicians such as Dew ignore these facts that naive citizens understand.
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Citizen Independant Friday, 9 November 2018 06:10
Very true DEW. Key word in 19th amendment in section 43 (1) will solve the issue (not a crisis by the way)
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Cobra Friday, 9 November 2018 06:14
Another worm has come out of the earth!!!
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Lalith Friday, 9 November 2018 06:20
This guy was a office aide to Pieter keuneman. Now he is talking as if he is an intellectual. His government stuffed the Supreme Court with Yes Men and Women.
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Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 9 November 2018 06:42
Fair proposition for both sides. Time is running out.
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Buddhist Friday, 9 November 2018 06:52
I think after his appearance on Satana on 6th November where stated that President Sirisena violated the constitution, he would have got some money from Mahinda/Sira duo. Now he has switched his tune. In fact he also said that only place to prove who is the PM is by showing majority in the Parliament. Only after that any one can go to court.
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666 Friday, 9 November 2018 06:59
Dear Mr. Gunasekara. It is sad that even respected politician like you are side stepping the core issue in this sordid affair. In this case the country is in turmoil
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Aelajoe Friday, 9 November 2018 07:09
Failed leftists coming out of the woodwork to add their Two cents worth
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sana Friday, 9 November 2018 11:17
Doesn't Totta Baba know how long it takes to get a verdict from the Supreme Court? Probably he doesn't, as hr was expelled from Law College for attempting to cheat at an exam.
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nimal Friday, 9 November 2018 14:09
who made winning for MS during Presidential election? it is UNP. so, that time majority are them and nothing wrong appointing UNP,PM.
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Sue Friday, 9 November 2018 15:54
Seek opinion of the Supreme Court? Who knows whose side they will take under the present circumstances?
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Samson Saturday, 10 November 2018 12:07
Go back to law college. Jayaratna was removed before the 19th amendment.
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