President can hold defence portfolio: Legal source

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A constitutional expert said yesterday that there was no barrier for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to hold the Defence portfolio.

Making his remarks on the matter to the Daily Mirror, constitutional lawyer Manohara de Silva said the Constitution clearly states that the executive power of the people, including defence should be exercised by the President. Also he said the President is the Head of the Cabinet.

Therefore, it was nonsensical to say that the President could not hold that portfolio, he added.(Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 9

  • Lawyer Thursday, 13 August 2020 08:27 AM

    Legality? No problem now!!!

    ANTON Thursday, 13 August 2020 09:13 AM

    SRI LANKAN "JAMES BOND" WITH LICENCE TO KILL.

    Persona Thursday, 13 August 2020 09:29 AM

    Present government can hold their sessions in prison. God bless SL. Great Buddhist country.

    Triple X Thursday, 13 August 2020 11:34 AM

    The Level of mental status of Srilankan VOTERS clearly visible by them voting two murderers one already convicted and in jail and the other in remand prison of killing one of his own, not to mention killing hundreds of others during the 30 Previous years, to the parliament.

    dickie bird Thursday, 13 August 2020 01:30 PM

    What legality. This is a mandate by the people for the President. Yeap Anton, sarcastic people like you need to hide or else will get shot in the mouth. All presidents

    Antony Jude Thursday, 13 August 2020 04:23 PM

    What is the use??? He still wants to keep Tamil community in the north

    Don Thursday, 13 August 2020 09:20 PM

    No problems in twisting the law as necessity.

    parakum Friday, 14 August 2020 05:00 AM

    Who CARES! now its BADUTH HARMUDURUWANGE, NADDUTH HARMUDURUWANGE. God SAVE Srilanka.

    Valhalla Friday, 14 August 2020 07:03 AM

    With our man as Minister of Justice, what isn't possible???


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