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President’s term: JO will intervene and make submissions in SC

11 January 2018 10:10 am - 13     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Joint Opposition will intervene and make submissions when the reference made by President Maithripala Sirisena to the Supreme Court regarding his term limit is taken up for consideration today before a five-judge bench.

President’s Counsel Manohara de Silva will make submissions on behalf of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris.

The reference by the President says: “Whether in terms of Provisions of the Constitution, I, as the person elected and succeeding to the office of President and having assumed such office in terms of Article 32(1) of the Constitution on January 9, 2015, have any impediment to continue in the office of President for a period of six years from January 9, 2015, the date on which the result of my election to the office of President was declared.”

Commenting on it, Prof. Peiris said the President clearly told the country that he agreed to reduce his term when the 19th Amendment was introduced.

“He said his wish was to reduce it to four years, not five years. He said his colleagues insisted that it should be five years. Reluctantly, he agreed to five years.

Also, the former Minister said the President gave a solemn pledge in front of the coffin of Ven. Maduluwave Sobhitha Thera to abolish the executive presidency. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 13

  • Missaka Thursday, 11 January 2018 10:53 AM

    Don't wary much about it, MS done that to please the masses.

    shanthapriya Thursday, 11 January 2018 11:28 AM

    No no He wants an extra year to sharpen his sword

    SN Friday, 12 January 2018 11:00 AM

    You keep an elections now, you know what the result would be.

    AM Thursday, 11 January 2018 10:54 AM

    Looks like GL is thinking of his age, will he last the extra two years

    Brainmaster Thursday, 11 January 2018 10:58 AM

    It would be purely in Sri Lankas interest if MS succeeds with his demand. via DM Android App

    Dhammika Thursday, 11 January 2018 11:08 AM

    When MS was elected as president legally his term was 6 years in office . The 5 year term applies from the next president elect . So the so called profesorry please have common sence . Good luck in your next birth GL .

    Sumal Thursday, 11 January 2018 01:28 PM

    Similar scenario happened in Turkey finally constitutional court ruled incumbent president's term determined by the law existed when he was elected

    BV Thursday, 11 January 2018 02:32 PM

    I agree with you Dammika he was elected under the old constitution before the 19 th amendment was passed therefore he is entitled to serve 6 years.Anyway the Supreme Court verdict is due on the 14 th.

    Lord Wolfstein Thursday, 11 January 2018 11:24 AM

    As a professor of jurisprudence, Peiris should know that in a democracy a law can never be retroactively validated.

    ananda Thursday, 11 January 2018 12:54 PM

    The 19 amendment is effective from the date of enactment of that legislation where the presidential term too was reduced to 5 years at the explicit request of the incumbent to 4 years. via DM Android App

    chandra Thursday, 11 January 2018 03:12 PM

    People gave 6 years. He gave up one year and boasted to us and International Communities also. Now Begging one year whether I have or not again. shamed President Thaththe.

    voter Thursday, 11 January 2018 03:23 PM

    GL and his gang's ambition is down the drain if M3 continues. Although he's supposed to be a Prof. of law he doesn't seems to know the law. He knows the laws which are only to his benefit and not otherwise.

    gamini Friday, 12 January 2018 11:02 AM

    promises made in front of coffins and election pledges are not legally binding-Old prof. did you not know this?

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