President Mahinda Rajapaksa has intimated to the leftist parties of the coalition that he was not willing to move away from the current impeachment process with regard to the request made by them that parliament be prorogued or an independent panel of retired judges be appointed to investigate charges against the Chief Justice.
“Since the impeachment process has been set in motion, the President said he is not willing to stray away from it under any circumstance. The President said that the process is in accordance with the constitution and therefore it will continue,” LSSP Leader and Minister Professor Tissa Vitharana said.
Prof.Vitharana said that despite the leftist parties proposing an alternative to the current impasse, the fact that the entire process was within the ambit of the constitution has resulted in the requests being negated.
Meanwhile Communist Party Leader and Minister D.E.W.Gunasekara said they had done their duty towards the country by proposing an acceptable alternative.
“I haven’t heard that our proposal has been rejected, however we have done our duty by pointing out the flaws in the process. Accepting it or not is entirely up to the President,” he said.
Meanwhile a top Government source said the furthest the government was willing to go was to appoint an independent commission to “give their opinion on the report that comes out of parliament is really as far as the President is willing to go.”
However he added that the government was willing to bring in a law to include a comprehensive procedural process for impeachment in the future.
“It won’t apply to the current circumstances but the government is willing to bring in a new law to provide for this lacuna in the future,” he said. (Hafeel Farisz)
Now that they have done their two bits worth, they can go back to sleep.
kollotika Thursday, 27 December 2012 10:03 AM
shame on us to have leaders like this !
mamath Thursday, 27 December 2012 10:14 AM
All cruelty springs from weakness.
mamath Thursday, 27 December 2012 10:16 AM
We can never be gods, after all--but we can become something less than human with frightening ease.
kgb Thursday, 27 December 2012 10:11 AM
spineless creatures if he is not heading to their alternatives why these assholes are with the government. leva kanavada ledga nethi mee harak. bringing shame not only to leftist movement in lanka but to their birth also. bastards of MR ???????
Real Peace Thursday, 27 December 2012 10:28 AM
I said don't do bad things but they they are still doing bad things but I am not bothered because I love my free petrol and tax free luxury car badly.
Fairose Thursday, 27 December 2012 10:44 AM
His autocracy is in exhibition. Soon we are to see his fall.
damien Thursday, 27 December 2012 11:11 AM
fulfilled their duty to the nation!!!!!!!!!!! hanging themselves would be a better alternative to fulfill their duty
sobana Thursday, 27 December 2012 11:28 AM
Shameless president and ministers....
Srimal Thursday, 27 December 2012 11:29 AM
This government has noo shame. Sooner this govt will be rejected.....
Ronny Thursday, 27 December 2012 11:29 AM
SHYLOCK, the Merchant of Hambanthota. One kilo of flesh and nothing less but the end was nothing.
deepal Thursday, 27 December 2012 11:38 AM
Lejja Nethi Kama JANADHI PATHI Kamatath Lokuiy Lu
Ajith Thursday, 27 December 2012 11:52 AM
Any investigation has to be carried out side Srilanka under an international panel.We cannot rely on locals as they are been terrorize by the government.
Arambewela Thursday, 27 December 2012 11:52 AM
Is responsibility of the left parties just to show their progressiveness to the people requesting MR to follow alternative way being in the government?
Whilst knowing the existing procedure in the constitution and making such a request is like washing their hands in front of people. Instead it is wise and practical if they suggest changing the present system for future use because future amendments are not applicable for present CJ.
balaraman Thursday, 27 December 2012 11:58 AM
Vasu! You have no alternative but to hang on giving up your princples.Disgraceful.
Siri Thursday, 27 December 2012 11:57 AM
How come when I rejected Sumanasiris comments, plus points increased from 50 to 52 and minus points increased from 6 to 7. News Paper Editors should know that the general public's are not fools!!
Motta Lokkah Thursday, 27 December 2012 12:03 PM
Agree totally..Even the swine will put to shame some of the shameless and gutter level individuals whose principals bring about a strong and decaying stench.
sarath Thursday, 27 December 2012 12:22 PM
President is very correct to say that present motion shall go under the existing procedure. it had been resorted by the UNP twice with no shame. there is no room for foreign involvement at any cost under the present law. under our constitution the sovereignty is inalienably. the Parliament cannot invite foreigners to decide the rights of Sri Lankan citizens the biggest mistake was done by Mr Anura Bandaranayake when he was the Speaker without referring the matter to the SC for clarification. now it is too late. all are trying to shut the stable after horse has bolted.
s he took a different view in CJ Sarath Silvas issue.
Panikkiya Thursday, 27 December 2012 12:57 PM
One would always have afterthoughts and retrospective corrections - sure after the horse (and the mares and the donkeys) have bolted. Pardon me for my out of context blabber. "Due process" and adherence to the existing laws and bylaws and regulations. Yes - a process begun should reach its end. If the process is flowed, there are other processes to correct them.
you asked for it Thursday, 27 December 2012 01:01 PM
what do you expect in a dictatorial regime?
D.G.Dayaratne Thursday, 27 December 2012 01:32 PM
Mrs SB's request is very simple She is asking for Impartial inquiry
Why the govt can't give it
Govt preparing for collective suicide ?
kautilya Friday, 28 December 2012 03:19 AM
MR 's statement is similar to " MODAYAGE KADUWA"
silva Thursday, 27 December 2012 01:51 PM
what do you expect from banana republic leaders?
JAN Thursday, 27 December 2012 01:46 PM
Ruthless Rajapakse Revenge.
Sumanasiri Thursday, 27 December 2012 07:51 AM
Not an ounce of principle left in these shameless hangers-on.
johan Thursday, 27 December 2012 08:07 AM
Bandara Thursday, 27 December 2012 08:19 AM
Such promises to bring in comprehensive processes for impeachment are just like promises to abolish executive presidency. The country would definitely suffer from the flawed process followed.
Minister Thursday, 27 December 2012 08:32 AM
Now he can creep into his shell and pretend as if he did does not know anything. The best leftist (survival) policy. After all where and when can he enjoy such ministerial luxeries in his lifetime again!
Ranjith Suriyakula Thursday, 27 December 2012 04:24 PM
Feel sorry about your knowledge on the SL Constitution 1978..
SudhuPancha Thursday, 27 December 2012 08:49 AM
now they will say yes sir, yes sir, three bags full!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Banda Thursday, 27 December 2012 04:46 PM
Dear Leftists, instead of making statements you did you part, why not show you action by resigning from the government and then say you did your part
Matalan Friday, 28 December 2012 05:26 AM
President is well aware that the old left leaders have no other option but to clutch the straw, his Govt. is. Principles, bourgeoisie revolution for the down-trodden, the weak and victims of injustice, the CJ is frankly down the river. As Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it".
kd Thursday, 27 December 2012 09:00 AM
i wonder what happend to MR's "hardashakshi" conscious which he preached infront of Chartered Accountants that now had boomeranged on him for the 2nd time. But as long as our own "namika-sri lankans" sleeping on their comfort zone, MR can play his cards the way he want.....what trategic situation to a country
Calistus Jayatilleke Thursday, 27 December 2012 08:58 AM
So what next?: Just throw the principles and pride to the wind and vote for the impeachment because otherwise they will lose whatever benefits they now enjoy and will be thrown out for trying to be too smart. Surely, these few left-overs from the Old Left would not like to join the hoi-polloi and "saadukin pelenavun" on the streets.
frank hilary Thursday, 27 December 2012 05:29 PM
If the Government admits the flaws in the present procedure for impeachment, then I think the CJ would have the right to successfully appeal against the decision and the Parliament will have to rectify the flaws and retry the CJ thereafter. Otherwise, it seems that justice would not be done to the CJ.
"They have done their duty and can now go back to the perks of being a Ministers with a clear conscience!!" What a dishonest and shameful lot these so-called leftist ministers are. If they have any sense of shame or honour, they must resign when the injustice they have pointed out is rejected out of hand by the President.
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