President can remove PM if required: GL

2018-02-19 14:10:44

President Maithripala Sirisena has the sole power to remove Prime Minister as the Constitution outlined the provision as to how a President could remove a Prime Minister, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris said today.

Addressing a news conference he said the constitution envisaged that the Prime Minister shall continue to hold office throughout the period during which the Cabinet of Ministers continues to function, and added as there seemed to be neither a government nor a cabinet right now, the President could remove the Prime Minister if required.

“President Sirisena does not want to remove the premier although it is requisite to appoint a new Prime Minister. The President would delay it until the tenure of the incumbent Prime Minister expires. At the same time, the President is trying to delay appointing a new Prime Minister claiming that there are barriers that have been stipulated in the Constitution. By delaying it, the political necessity is neglected” Prof. G.L said. (Sheain Fernandopulle)     


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  Comments - 49

  • I O Sirisena Monday, 19 February 2018 14:20

    Mr President please do something as a back boned president before becomings too late. via DM Android App

    Reply : 13       43

    Sodha Monday, 19 February 2018 14:23

    Prof. Pls read the constitution once again. Tks.

    Reply : 13       99

    ORACLE ? Monday, 19 February 2018 18:24


    Reply : 1       14

    das Monday, 19 February 2018 14:32

    Sounds like an opportunistic interpretation of the law

    Reply : 9       101

    Lokka Monday, 19 February 2018 14:33

    Under what section of the constitution Mr. Professor?please elaborate?

    Reply : 6       93

    Pohottuwa Monday, 19 February 2018 14:34

    The public cannot accept Sarath Silva's or GL mahatthayas legal interpretations any longer. They both have two tongues.

    Reply : 6       101

    suzy Monday, 19 February 2018 18:20

    They are both too old and senile to speak sense.

    Reply : 1       27

    umen Monday, 19 February 2018 14:36

    Let him hold it till 2020, let him dig his grave more deeper, let him pave the way for a strong Gota/MR regime, under Gota there wont any room for these unpatriotic or corrupt

    Reply : 69       23

    alex Monday, 19 February 2018 16:06

    yes under Gota no room for corrupt, except for big time corrupt one

    Reply : 10       79

    suzy Monday, 19 February 2018 18:22

    there won't be corruption as they will sell the whole country lock, stock and barrel to China.

    Reply : 1       25

    umen Tuesday, 20 February 2018 13:02

    Gota/MR wining next election is a fact, no room for corruption in their rule is a hope, like we hoped about Ranil (2003), then Chandrika ,Mathri (2015)

    Reply : 1       2

    rey Monday, 19 February 2018 14:37

    yes yes he can remove u also

    Reply : 3       52

    Nimal Monday, 19 February 2018 14:38

    Look at the amount of debate just to grab power ? Have you ever seen these so called ministers and MPs run around this much in a national crisis like the one we had in Salawa or the recent floods ? What a country ?

    Reply : 0       56

    Scooby Doo Monday, 19 February 2018 14:38

    Did you think that parliament is your dad's private company and sirisena is your dad to listen to your pieces of advice?

    Reply : 4       54

    Sambo Monday, 19 February 2018 14:45

    If the UNP forms a government on its own, what's bothering you in unseating the prime minister. Why are you people so afraid of. Any reason. You are no one to decide who who the prime minister should be.

    Reply : 3       48

    KOLA KOTIYA Monday, 19 February 2018 14:47


    Reply : 5       56

    Lanka Shantha Monday, 19 February 2018 14:49

    1. People didn't say remove PM.2. General election is not a free one to be held.It is a costly one and you are not going to bear the expenses.It is our money. So wait for the 5 year period to be over.

    Reply : 4       54

    vignesh Monday, 19 February 2018 14:52

    your are a loser. Because your were past sleep with UNP,LTTE,SLP, now SLPP. Who know what is next ?

    Reply : 4       67

    Francis Monday, 19 February 2018 14:52

    Chief Justice in waiting

    Reply : 3       42

    SLkolla Monday, 19 February 2018 14:58

    "Aiyo Sirisena", This is the worst President SL ever had, SL will have to bear this burden till 2020 until Gota becoming next President

    Reply : 87       14

    Citizen Monday, 19 February 2018 15:42

    No thank you. We don't want Gota and the goons.

    Reply : 8       62

    raj Monday, 19 February 2018 18:39

    can a foreigner ( American citizen) be a president in SL, if so under which constitutional clause

    Reply : 1       23 Monday, 19 February 2018 15:03

    Is it a political necessity or requirement of a bunch of thieves?

    Reply : 6       51

    vithura Monday, 19 February 2018 15:03

    This moron of a politician does not know the difference between local council and parliamentary election. They want to get into position of power by hook or by crook, to loot the country once again!

    Reply : 5       56

    Kumara Dharmarathnr Monday, 19 February 2018 15:06

    Why should he do that? Prof.G.L.Peiris, Do you know that Local government election results has no effect on the government which was elected by General election? Of course, government gets an opportunity to evaluate it's past performance and accordingly government can adjust it's priorities. Other than that,as you guys say sitting government or PM cannot be changed. The way you guys act,people tend to think that because you cannot win the General election,you are trying to use Local government election results to come to power. This is going to be bad for your political future. Think about it seriously.

    Reply : 3       63

    Sodha Monday, 19 February 2018 15:37

    Of course. If they want to serve the people, they (SLPP) can jolly well do it through the councils they won or have majority over rivals. Need not change the Govt or PM. Now gradually everything is coming to light. These (SLPP Traitors who pole vault) are just power hungry fellows.

    Reply : 2       37

    Dr.Siri Monday, 19 February 2018 15:07

    This guy is old for his profession

    Reply : 4       53

    Sarath Monday, 19 February 2018 15:09

    We have had enough of you bogus professor. Slink back into your hole! The constitution provides that PM can be removed only by no confidence motion. If you have numbers show it. Otherwise shut up without trying to cause problems for country.

    Reply : 2       52

    Real Peace Monday, 19 February 2018 15:20

    President can remove PM if required: and appoint GL the PM - all problem solved...! He desperately misses sipping the single malt in the business class, doesn't he...??

    Reply : 1       46

    gamini Monday, 19 February 2018 16:08

    correction-single malt at tax payers expense

    Reply : 1       31

    kukula Monday, 19 February 2018 16:10

    HA, Ha mr professor so you are a fan of Glenfiddich.

    Reply : 2       16

    fareed Monday, 19 February 2018 15:22

    Even if he could why would he do that. So you can isolate the president and start your normal way of ripping the country of its wealth and resources as your bosses have done and you are supporting a bunch of terrorists.

    Reply : 3       36

    Prakash Monday, 19 February 2018 15:24

    Is this the way to pay back to a man who throughout protected your boss?

    Reply : 1       23

    Muniwara Monday, 19 February 2018 15:38

    Ranil appointed as PM not from a General Election. (Jan 8 had presidential election only) Therefore his appointment was not according to constitution and it is illegal. Since removing Ranil also no need to be according to the constitution.

    Reply : 26       5

    Samson Monday, 19 February 2018 16:11

    Ranil was appointed before 19A, according to the constitution of the day. Legal or illegal there was no election to change Parliament, wait for 2020 to change and will have the former admin again.

    Reply : 1       17

    tilak Monday, 19 February 2018 16:11

    Ado Muni- please read the constitution- the President can appoint anyone the PM who in his opinion commands his confidence

    Reply : 5       9

    Waco Monday, 19 February 2018 16:17

    You are very correct.

    Reply : 7       7

    Banda Monday, 19 February 2018 15:54

    Dear Grandpa GL, The majority right thinking Sri Lankans have had enough of your bullshit. The time has come to call it a day and retire from politics. Time to hand over the reigns to the educated younger generation. Please take that Vasudeva grandpa with you.

    Reply : 1       33

    Palli Kanda Monday, 19 February 2018 19:04

    And Machang Banda, he should also take Amaratunga, Nimal, Weerawansa, Gamanplla - these disruptive and useless morons with him.

    Reply : 0       13

    Ale Monday, 19 February 2018 19:07

    Great comment mr banda This fellow ruined the university foreign ministry n allNow trying to talk b...shit

    Reply : 0       13

    Diogenes Monday, 19 February 2018 19:10

    Absent minded professor? Read the constitution again.

    Reply : 0       12

    S.Sriranjan Monday, 19 February 2018 19:12

    Mr.G.L.Peiris! How could you put Local Government Victory and the Parliament Victory in the same Tray! Wait for the General Election of Parliament to grap the Power!

    Reply : 0       15

    ralahamy Tuesday, 20 February 2018 08:13

    There is not a single Pohottu MP in parliament because none of the JP MPs had the courage to openly resign from UPFA or SLFP. This nutty proffesori gave enough rope for the MR and company to hang themselves.

    Reply : 0       2

    Artificial intelligence Tuesday, 20 February 2018 08:51

    To hell with the dinosaur politicos including plastic lawyers and senile Sarath Silva. We need to replace the Paliamenterians with Robots to eradicate bribery and corruption and family rule.

    Reply : 0       2

    roshan Tuesday, 20 February 2018 09:16

    day by day my suspicion of you having a law degree is increasing, if u are old pls. retire and leave the country and your hora poattuwa ...

    Reply : 0       2

    Ronnie Bugger Tuesday, 20 February 2018 10:37

    President is planning to give you the job. Good, isn't it.

    Reply : 0       1

    Danushka Tuesday, 20 February 2018 10:56

    this man sits and eats with mahinda almost everyday. He is Mahinda's right hand.

    Reply : 0       2

    TONY Tuesday, 20 February 2018 11:11


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    sAM Tuesday, 20 February 2018 13:16


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