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President seeks SC determination -- On expiry of his term of office

10 January 2018 07:32 am - 13     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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President Maithripala Sirisena has sought a determination from the Supreme Court as to when his term will expire, an official said yesterday.

The President is reported to have done so because of an ambiguity on the term limit after the enactment of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Earlier, the Constitution said a President was elected for a term of six years but it has been restricted to five years after the enactment of the 19th Amendment. The Supreme Court has listed the case for January 11 and SC determination is to be communicated to the President on January 14.

Sri Lanka Bar Association Chairman U.R. De Silva told Daily Mirror that his organization and the Attorney General's Department had been asked to make their submissions in this regard. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 13

  • Sharon Wednesday, 10 January 2018 08:55 AM

    Can't it be earlier than that? Our lives are short and we like to see a developed country before our death...

    umen Wednesday, 10 January 2018 09:04 AM

    He need more time to finish opening Mahinda's time projects

    BVUSHEL Wednesday, 10 January 2018 09:11 AM

    when is the expiry of the unity government ?

    Rosha Wednesday, 10 January 2018 10:00 AM

    He promised to abolish the Presidency within the 100 days program. Now what???

    Udda Wednesday, 10 January 2018 10:03 AM

    Presidency is the like the One Ring. No one who wears it is immune from its power to corrupt.

    Saman Wednesday, 10 January 2018 11:29 AM

    My precious... ha ha... like in the Lord of the rings.

    Mevan Wednesday, 10 January 2018 10:17 AM

    Why go to SC. Bring something like the 18th amendment like MARA.

    Ram Wednesday, 10 January 2018 10:26 AM

    Honda honda sellam elivena jameta. Now half way gone and wants to stay foot for the next 3 years

    Sincere Wednesday, 10 January 2018 11:33 AM

    OOh. Why not the former Royal Astrologer?

    Sincere Wednesday, 10 January 2018 11:35 AM

    Before checking on dates pertaining to end of the term, pls investigate whether all you promised have been accomplished!

    Sanath Wednesday, 10 January 2018 12:49 PM

    He said he is not running for a second time, and also willingly cut down the term of office from 6 to 5 years. If so wish, believe he can retire earlier, whether you have 5 or 6 year term.

    Truth Wednesday, 10 January 2018 12:55 PM

    the way the things are unfolding....he may contest for next pres. election which is in contrast to his promise..... what if MS contest for SLFP and RW contest for UNP in next pres. election......... time to wake up.

    Mandayan Wednesday, 10 January 2018 02:58 PM

    You should have appointed Mohan Peris and then ask the SC for a favarable response.


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