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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said over the weekend that one must not allow anyone to destroy Sri Lanka’s democracy and rule of law once again and thus let another constitutional crisis take place.

Mr Wickremesinghe, while speaking during a ceremony organised by some civil activist groups on Saturday to mark the first anniversary of the October 26, 2018, constitutional crisis, said it would be an uphill task to restore democracy and rule of law in the country if the country loses these components once again.

“If we lose democracy and rule of law once again it would be a difficult task to restore them once again,” the Prime Minister said.

“I was removed from office illegally exactly one year ago. However, I decided not to accept this removal as it was against the constitution. It would have been a great betrayal had I accepted the status quo at that time.

Therefore, I decided to remain at Temple Trees and fight against my dismissal. I did this because a prime minister could be appointed and removed only by parliament.

Ultimately the Supreme Court and the Appeal Court acted independently while the Speaker managed to safeguard democracy in parliament.

“At the end, we were able to ensure that we remain in power,” the Prime Minister recalled.

Making a special statement to earlier the Prime Minister said the defeat of the constitutional crisis was a victory for the whole country not an achievement of the government or those who fought to restore democracy.

He said democracy and rule of law were restored because of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

Also, the premier thanked all those who contributed to defeating the constitutional crisis. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Justice Monday, 28 October 2019 09:40 AM

    In Australia the law is respected and ENFORCED to such an extent it became a DEVELOPED country. Even the very influential Cardinal George Pell is in prison because there was no TRAVERSTY OF JUSTICE like in Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka the JUDICIARY IS CORRUPT TO THE CORE and they dance to the tune of the HIGHLY CORRUPT POLITICIANS. Not even the VERY POWERFUL AND INFLUENTIAL Vatican could do anything about it- to get him out. But in SrI Lanka anything goes as long as this corrupt political and Judiciary set up is allowed to prosper with the aid of the FOOLISH voters. Will they LEARN this time after 71 years?? Time for a COMPLETE SYSTEM CHANGE to send all 225 1 plus you and the HIGHLY CORRUPT JUDICIARY home on the 17th of NOVEMBER for a dawn of a new era.

    Anoosh Monday, 28 October 2019 11:26 AM

    Dear Hon. PM, the UNP for the last four

    Palitha Perera Monday, 28 October 2019 12:02 PM

    Too late. Hundreds paid with their lives, and the economy paid in billions of dollars of growth, for the mistake on 08 January 2015. Installation of the puppet scarecrow was the biggest mistake, hoisted on us by the UNP

    Bigdaddi Monday, 28 October 2019 12:25 PM

    This is like the last cry of Baghdadi in the tunnel.

    lord pakeer Monday, 28 October 2019 04:43 PM

    hello, under your regime, democracy , rule of law, living standards, foreign investments, etc all deteriorated. see the economic indicators, lowest in the region!


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