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President, parliament clash heightens with judiciary coming into play

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Colombo, Feb 16 (Daily Mirror) - The crisis involving the Executive and the Legislature has heightened to a new level with the judiciary also coming into play over the Constitutional Council’s (CC) rejection of appointment of Court of Appeal President Nissanka Bandula Karunaratne as a Supreme Court judge and Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena informing President Ranil Wickremesinghe that the lack of majority support resulted in the stalemate.

A case has been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the CC’s rejection. In the meantime, the Speaker is reported to have informed the President that five out of the nine members of the CC excluding himself were opposed to the proposed appointment and therefore he, as the Chairman of the body, could not proceed.

The CC is a ten-member body, but there are nine members in it currently since the nominee representing the minor parties has not yet been appointed. The Speaker, the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition are its members by virtue of positions. Besides, there are three nominees, each by the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and the President, along with three non-parliamentarians representing civil society .

The Speaker can exercise his authority to endorse appointments only when there's a tie among the members.

According to informed sources, only Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, his nominee MP Sagara Kariyawasam and President’s nominee Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva are in favour of the President’s recommendation.

The current impasse also raises concerns about the potential snag in extending the service of acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Deshabandu Tennakoon, who has been appointed for a three-month period. Any further extension requires CC approval after the initial period lapses.

  Comments - 12

  • Ranil the protector of criminals Friday, 16 February 2024 09:29 AM

    For the sake of ours and our children’s wellbeing please don’t give into this self-serving president who s only concern is staying out of prison for his criminal activity.

    Neel Bandula Friday, 16 February 2024 12:29 PM

    Yes, now we can see the what is Prisdent and cabinet members is planning. If there will be the whatever election the public must get the correct response to the rulers. "Change the system!"

    Jail the crooks Friday, 16 February 2024 09:33 AM

    Our country will start the recovery process only when the ranil rajapaksa criminal syndicate is behind bars.

    Jude Friday, 16 February 2024 09:43 AM

    People be patient in October or later elections Will be held then give a clear message and send this Scumbag packing, yeah.

    Senpera Friday, 16 February 2024 11:32 AM

    Anuras slaves are eager to destroy the country, like they did when they were Votas slaves in 2019.

    Jude Friday, 16 February 2024 09:50 AM

    Look at what this megalomaniac is doing, last election his UNP got 249,435 out of 16.2 million eligible voters. then he manipulated everyone and including promising not to prosecute any member of previous regime for corruption.

    RR Friday, 16 February 2024 10:38 AM


    Nimal Friday, 16 February 2024 10:58 AM

    This president is absolutely determined to have his way in all matters ignoring the noble precepts of democracy. As he said several months ago, he is a "Hitler".

    Patcitz Friday, 16 February 2024 01:50 PM

    The law should be applied without any non-impartiality.

    Jundapala Alilingam Friday, 16 February 2024 03:55 PM

    Ara Soysa Ara! MaRa is better than this unelected Pin Gon Aliya man! Satan JRJ is still waving and inviting him to come with Myna!

    Ram Friday, 16 February 2024 05:04 PM

    CC is recognised in the Constitution to keep a check and balances on the high posts appointments. If the CC decision can be challenged before court why have that provision in the Constitution

    Journalists should highlight these devious decisions Friday, 16 February 2024 06:17 PM

    The original constitutional council was not going to have appointees of politicians but a team of competent professionals. When the yahapalanaya bought that amendment the pohottuwa made recommendations to make it as to what it is now. Now we have these political biasness coming into play and the competance and science going out of a good system making it useless.

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