The government yesterday maintained that the Supreme Court’s interim order does not mean that the dissolution of parliament has been cancelled and said that it would request for a full-judge bench to hear the case.
Addressing a hurriedly called news briefing last night at the Prime Minister’s Office, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said respondents have a right to request for a full-judge bench comprising nine to 11 Judges to hear a case.
“People should note that the Supreme Court has not yet made a final decision on the gazette issued by the President dissolving parliament. The final ruling will be made on December 7. There is no finality in the matter as of yet,” he said.
He said they were waiting for the court ruling and also fighting hard to go for an election. “We will abide by the Supreme Court’s decision,” he said.
Minister Siripala said there were misconception that Speaker Karu Jayasuriya can appoint a new Prime Minister by reconvening parliament. Under the Constitution, only the President can appoint a Premier or other ministers, he said.
“Even if the Speaker appoints a purported Prime Minister, the appointment is not valid. If the Opposition parties aspire to remove Mahinda Rajapaksa from the Prime Minister post, they will have to bring in a no-confidence motion (NCM) against him. The NCM has to be included in the order book for five days, taken up for a debate followed by a vote. This is the only way available to remove a Premier,” he said.
Minister Susil Premajayantha said no one has challenged in the Supreme Court the gazette issued by the President appointing Mr. Rajapaksa as the Premier and therefore, there is no impact on the Premiership by the interim order.
Meanwhile, Minister Dinesh Gunawardana said only the gazette which was issued dissolving parliament has been suspended and that it had no effect on the election which is scheduled to be held in January. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
Unless the judges who delivered judgement against you are impeached, nothing can satisfy the enemies of the people.
Busted Wednesday, 14 November 2018 04:47 AM
Come on! No one is above the law. Not even the president. Respect the law. Respect the ruling. You are not role models the younger generations can learn anything from. Just power hungry, morally bankrupt, corrupt, shameful politicians twisting and manipulating everything for your own benefits. What people want right now is to safe guard the constitution and the judiciary.
SN Wednesday, 14 November 2018 11:37 AM
Was Sarath N. Silva a Fake?
Naz Wednesday, 14 November 2018 05:28 AM
Now they want UNP to get MR to court.
inti Wednesday, 14 November 2018 05:52 AM
Shameless third class, uneducated,bunch of theifes.
Jagath Leanage Wednesday, 14 November 2018 06:06 AM
Decision was unanimous . So , can they ecpect different judgment with a full judge bench? It will never happen . With the 19th amendment executive powers are cut down dramatically . Everybody knows that except vimal .
Mandy Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:09 AM
They want fuller bench for two reasons : One to hope for the best and delay and Two hoping the stooges appointed by MR like Jungle Beauty will help them.
Ram Wednesday, 14 November 2018 06:13 AM
Dear silvaAs u said only PM can be removed by NCM passed in parliament. So still RW is the premier as no NCM were passed in the parliament againist him. Can u tell the truth to public
thepanis Wednesday, 14 November 2018 06:24 AM
Interesting to see what these morons say:-)
Shanty Wednesday, 14 November 2018 06:25 AM
Suffer Grapes. This is our(people's) country not the dogas at parliament to change to their fancies.
Prabha Wednesday, 14 November 2018 09:09 AM
"This is the only way available to remove a Premier,” he said." .... says Nimal S. Your MY3 has some other method of removing a PM, which he displayed on 26th.
Ice Wednesday, 14 November 2018 09:13 AM
Please go home! all of you 225! Pave the way for a new people who will rescue the voters. What have you really done to your people? All of you are after power.
Ashok Wednesday, 14 November 2018 09:28 AM
No!, Change The CJ
Redflame Wednesday, 14 November 2018 09:34 AM
After 4 years you all seems worse than before. Nothing learned from past mistakes. If someone ask what you dont want to see and hear the answer would be politicians in Sri Lanka and their speeches.
Ranjith Wednesday, 14 November 2018 10:03 AM
Dont be carried away about any victory. These politicians are winners, no matter who comes in to power.