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The ‘Immunity of President from suit’ as proposed in the 20th Amendment to the Constitution is not for the President’s benefit but to provide an uninterrupted service to the people, SLPP Chairman and Minister Professor G.L.Peiris said today.

Article 35 (1) of the proposed 20A says, “While any person holds office as President, no proceedings shall be instituted or continued against him in any court or tribunal in respect of anything done or omitted to be done by him either in his official or private capacity.”

Speaking at a news briefing at SLPP Office, Minister Peiris said the President would not have time to serve the people effectively, as long as the 19A prevails, since the President has to make appearances in courts.

He said a considerable time has to be allocated for courts and court related matters if cases were filed against the President.

“I know this personally. Before elected, Gotabaya Rajapaksa was taken to courts, and had to appear in commissions and special courts established out of usual procedure based on revenge. Will he have to do the same when elected President? If that's the situation, the time allocated to implement the pledges made in ‘Vistas for Prosperity’ will be limited. That's why the immunity is needed,” he said.

  Comments - 20

  • Lol Monday, 07 September 2020 05:22 PM

    Lol if the president didn't do anything bad why does he need immunity?

    A Sri Lankan Monday, 07 September 2020 05:32 PM

    I wonder where the sound is coming from. .

    Kamal Perera Monday, 07 September 2020 05:34 PM

    On what purpose you all going allow dual citizenship holders to contest for elections and allowing them to become MPs ? We expected to amend it banning them from all the important positions in this country.

    Lankan Monday, 07 September 2020 05:38 PM

    I agree, the 19th amendment waste the leaders' time and create rifts amoung the leaders.

    DJ Monday, 07 September 2020 06:45 PM

    GL has a forked tongue and a zero spine. The issue is once your a dual citizen your you have to adhere to both sides. One cannot have the cake and eat it. It's sad that the majority is blind to this fact.

    Demuni Uduwara Monday, 07 September 2020 06:58 PM

    Professor, you have been brainwashed.

    Buddhist Monday, 07 September 2020 07:16 PM

    Remember the white vans, if they come alive again is it ok?

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 07 September 2020 07:39 PM

    This senile fool will sell his mother to the brothel if he gets a gain. If the President rules according to the constitution and rule of law, why does he need to worry of law suits?

    Murshid Idroos Monday, 07 September 2020 07:42 PM

    Its good if a dove sits on that 20th amended chair if a devil sits it would be a disaster No humans are angel and this professor is programmed to talk for the devils

    Roger Haĺliday Monday, 07 September 2020 07:46 PM

    This guy's is nuts. He needs to be in a special hospital.

    Demuni Uduwara Monday, 07 September 2020 07:59 PM

    Professor, you have become obsequious.

    Joshua Monday, 07 September 2020 07:59 PM

    There goes the professor with his Rajapakshe oration.

    johan Monday, 07 September 2020 08:14 PM

    In the 20th amendment the govt. has to satisfy most of the MPs with ministerial posts. So we can imagine the expenses of the ministry will cost the govt. which will result in the public have to forfeit all benefits

    harz Monday, 07 September 2020 08:18 PM

    Wasnt this man against the executive presidency? Please think about the future generations of Sri Lanka.

    Ranjit Monday, 07 September 2020 08:20 PM

    According to 20A if a president does unlawful thing like murder, drug smuggling etc ,he can't be tried in the court of law. So 20A is a green flag for the prsident whoever it is to become a dictator.

    Dam Monday, 07 September 2020 08:24 PM

    What a funny argument This is how they brainwash innocent not enough knowledgeable people of this country on this subject

    Sambo Tuesday, 08 September 2020 07:47 AM

    Professor, let me tell you in very plain language that no country in the world has requested for a 2/3 power to serve it's people. You are a professor with no brains. All these years our politicians have served our country so good that we are now below developing country. This why I always say the majority of this country are so uneducated.

    Roshanaly Tuesday, 08 September 2020 11:32 AM

    If the public had known the content of the 20th Amendment before the election, then may be they would have voted against.

    Priyanee Wijesekera Tuesday, 08 September 2020 01:33 PM

    If a foreigner can be the President of the country why were these lunatics shouting against having foreign judges?

    Girigoris Wednesday, 09 September 2020 12:27 PM

    This so called Professor is unscrupulous and will do or utter something for his gain.

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