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Seeking SC determination; UNP says Prez should have consulted Govt. allies

13 January 2018 12:15 am - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The United National Party (UNP) said yesterday it would have been much better for President Maithripala Sirisena to have consulted the government allies before seeking a determination from the Supreme Court on the expiry of his term of office.

In an interview with Daily Mirror, Minister and House Leader Lakshman Kiriella said this had caused some uneasiness among the government allies.

He said even if the Court ruled it to be at the end of six years, the President had the option of calling for an early presidential election at the end of five years.

The Supreme Court is expected to convey its determination to the President on Sunday.

With Parliament approving the 19th Amendment to the Constitution the President's term of office was reduced from the previous six years to five creating an ambiguity. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 4

  • kumarsenaratne Saturday, 13 January 2018 10:17 AM

    President seems to have forgotten that he is in coalition government with certain parties and acts as he is the President of SLFP but not of the government nor of Sri Lanka.

    Daya Saturday, 13 January 2018 10:22 AM

    Kiriella's dream of becoming the Prime Minister seems to be furthering by one more year.

    Lion Saturday, 13 January 2018 10:22 AM

    Boy feels the comforts of his position ,siblings and the off springs may too want to enjoy the it to the hilt

    Unchikun Saturday, 13 January 2018 12:20 PM

    Why not get the information from source? Why ask crooks?

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