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Prez requests UPFA MPs to create public opinion

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President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have asked for creation of public opinion on the conduct of a referendum on dissolution of Parliament, in case the Supreme Court rules out.

At the meetings of the parliamentary group of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), MPs Wimal Weerawansa and Vasudeva Nanayakkara said that a referendum would be appropriate at this time to seek public opinion on the dissolution of Parliament.

The President, however, did not commit to call for a referendum. Instead, he asked these MPs to create public opinion in this regard.

According to the Constitution, the President has the power to refer any matter of national importance, in his opinion, to people by referendum. However, the verdict of people at a referendum is not legally binding. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 27

  • Unchikun Thursday, 13 December 2018 10:59 AM

    A mentally ill man looking for an exit strategy.

    Dennis Reeves Thursday, 13 December 2018 12:32 PM

    I agree with you. This dead vegetable should be thrown out soon.

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 13 December 2018 01:06 PM

    If his father had admitted him to Angoda when he burnt down his paddy field, today SL would be in this position.

    Sharon Thursday, 13 December 2018 01:36 PM

    Did you vote for him?

    Unchikun Thursday, 13 December 2018 02:21 PM

    Yes, I voted for him when he was a scarecrow and it was empty. Now, Ah!

    Jack Thursday, 13 December 2018 11:11 AM

    It seems another trump card is ready to use by MS if SC rules out.

    Jude Thursday, 13 December 2018 11:28 AM

    Even HUNDRED opinion surveys will indicate, Get Out!!! Majority Rules!!! That's the Basics of Democracy!!!

    Naman Thursday, 13 December 2018 01:23 PM

    In democratic Country Majority rules but it should not trample the minorities RIGHTS in anyway. As the minorities were supressed/Oppressed that our country is in huge DEBTS but not the corrupt Sinhala Politicians who thrived suppressing them.Learn from your mistakes

    RP Thursday, 13 December 2018 11:35 AM

    Of course create more problems than solve existing issues.Why and how MS got in to Politics? Haven't done anything constructively.By voting for him, everyone has suffered and the Island's economy is wobbling.

    rogue Thursday, 13 December 2018 11:36 AM

    Dear prez, if you actually listened to what the public had to say, you would have been back in polonnaruwa long ago.

    Lal Piyal Mendis Thursday, 13 December 2018 12:34 PM

    Let the public decide whether to have a Gale President or a Firm and Strong man to lead our nation.

    tuan Thursday, 13 December 2018 11:50 AM

    trying to use our money for his political survival... we shall vote against it.... we say it in advance, to save some money....

    Wise Donkey Thursday, 13 December 2018 11:53 AM

    Don't blame others, you dug your own grave.........you tried to be a Hitler in the making.

    M.P. Ariyadasa (Lawyer) Thursday, 13 December 2018 12:37 PM

    Now the people regrets why they made this dam stupid as President.

    Rathnavali Thursday, 13 December 2018 11:56 AM

    Wasting public funds. He has already put this country in a mess by doing things his own way on personal issues.

    Just Thursday, 13 December 2018 12:14 PM

    How about a referendum on impeaching the President?

    T. Thiruselvam Thursday, 13 December 2018 12:38 PM

    First that should be done immediately.

    Lanka Shantha Thursday, 13 December 2018 12:20 PM

    Two parliamentarians Mrs. Hirunika Premachandra and Sarath Fonseka had clearly told about your current status. If you hold election and Ranil become as a winner with parliamentary majority what you will do?

    Nalin Thursday, 13 December 2018 12:35 PM

    Shame on you and us for electing you

    T. Titus Thursday, 13 December 2018 12:44 PM

    Hay fool, go to hell. First try to secure your seat.

    Nihal Thursday, 13 December 2018 12:51 PM

    Or is he asking to create public chaos?

    Sofia Thursday, 13 December 2018 12:51 PM

    How do you do that ? By lying about everything to fool the unsuspecting voters of lower intellect and say Wolf Wolf. And the taxpayers to foot a massive bill to keep you going for another 15 months. Why not have the Presidential Election to test your standing ?

    SKM Thursday, 13 December 2018 01:39 PM

    Referendum will cost in billions. Just because they (pohottuwa) think they can win a parliamentary election we have to spend that much to fulfill their dreams, 18 months before the due date.

    Nimal Thursday, 13 December 2018 03:04 PM

    I cannot understand this. How can members of the Parliament create a public opinion when the mere fact that they are in the Parliament because of the opinion of their voters? Can they go and tell something to their voters and ask them to believe them just because they say it? Ridiculous, isn't it?

    Nimal Thursday, 13 December 2018 03:07 PM

    Soon after MS von 2015 elections immediately and prior to that, he told people something and he created an opinion among his voters. Today he is telling something quite opposite to what he said then. So what opinion can he create in the minds of the voters?

    Samboo Thursday, 13 December 2018 03:21 PM

    Country belongs to every Citizen. One individual cant act like his own. Who is going to pay for the referendum

    GH Thursday, 13 December 2018 06:17 PM

    The people's rights must be preserved. Election is the only way to recapture the country from LTTE terrorism once again.


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