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Sajith against MR’s third term

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United National Party (UNP) Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa had pledged to back a people’s struggle to prevent the incumbent president from contesting for a third term.

Mr. Premadasa who was speaking at a programme organised to distribute drinking water to the drought victims in Hambantota said a peoples’ struggle is needed to prevent the incumbent president from contesting for the third term and that he will back such a struggle.

Quoting late President J. R. Jayawardene he said it is not worth allowing a person to hold the executive presidency for the third time if he is not able to fulfill what is expected from him during his first and second terms as the president.

Also he said the constitution in the USA had been amended 27 times since 1789 but these amendments have been made to strengthen democracy and people’s power.

Today he said a question has arisen as to whether the present president is able to contest once again or not. He said some constitutional experts had explained that the incumbent president cannot contest for another term as per the Interpretation Ordinance as the 18th Amendment is not valid for the past.
 Mr. Premadasa stressed that referring the matter to the Judiciary would not help considering the event in the recent past. In this context he referred to the episode with regard to former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake whom he said was impeached for not agreeing with the stance of the ruling UPFA on certain matters.

In such a scenario Mr. Premadasa said the best option would be to launch a people’s struggle to prevent any violation of constitution by the present regime. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 19

  • Chandran Wednesday, 15 October 2014 03:50 AM

    Kiris Bab Amary!!! VERY FAT HOPE! stop day dreaming!

    Devaka Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:40 AM

    Which is worse: MR becoming president for a third term or your leader not quitting despite losing over 25 elections?

    Nick Wednesday, 15 October 2014 11:22 AM

    Trying to show off another dirty laundry. Third class politics..

    lankaputh Wednesday, 15 October 2014 10:28 AM

    [quote name="nimalmal"]lols.. coz they know they will lose again for the 30th time with ranil.. :D[/quote]

    Dan Wednesday, 15 October 2014 10:09 AM

    Sajith, for havens sake stop uttering rubbish... be sharp, tactical and visionary... let Ranil contest and enjoy the defeat and you get ready for 2021 Presidential Election as the Common Candidate. If you utter such nonsense, you may not get that opportunity too...

    Gamage Wednesday, 15 October 2014 09:58 AM

    No legal dispute for third time to MR. Others are fear to face him. Don,t be a star before the election.

    wipula Wednesday, 15 October 2014 09:29 AM

    You must come to town and to Villages and agitate against unfair treatments to the people.

    Empulze Wednesday, 15 October 2014 11:36 AM

    Is there anything illegal in Sri Lanka lately Sir we are there to help you lets stop the thuggery and what not goin in Sri Lanka. via DM Android App

    Mamai Raja Wednesday, 15 October 2014 10:19 AM

    This is just a drama to show the people that he is not with MR. He is with MR since long. via DM Android App

    mount Wednesday, 15 October 2014 09:41 AM


    Yehiya Wednesday, 15 October 2014 01:46 AM

    If he comes better to you. You can enjoy the unofficial PM facilities.

    sam Wednesday, 15 October 2014 03:34 AM

    [quote name="Janaki Kalansuriya"]That is NOT the same as saying "ABOLISH EXECUTIVE PRESIDENCY", is it? We'd much rather have MR as Prez, if we are going to continue with this Presidency fiasco.[/quote]

    What do you mean "we"?

    Kiris Baba Amaray Wednesday, 15 October 2014 02:55 AM

    Hon. Sajith Premadasa - the whole world is watching your statement, well it is illegal if President MR to contest the 3rd time. Fight for the right, get to gather with other opposition parties and get the public to the streets to protest against this move, let the world watch that and give the right judgement.

    rosebud Wednesday, 15 October 2014 07:46 AM

    Good analysis Sajith. Now you must walk the talk and earn the respect of the electorate. via DM Android App

    Jan chandra Wednesday, 15 October 2014 02:14 AM

    This is rubbish. Let the supreme court decide. They are there to clarify the constitution among other thing. Is Premadasa running scared of the President!

    ram Wednesday, 15 October 2014 01:55 AM

    The easier option would be to defeat him in election.

    nimalmal Wednesday, 15 October 2014 01:53 AM

    lols.. coz they know they will lose again for the 30th time with ranil.. :D

    Janaki Kalansuriya Wednesday, 15 October 2014 01:52 AM

    That is NOT the same as saying "ABOLISH EXECUTIVE PRESIDENCY", is it? We'd much rather have MR as Prez, if we are going to continue with this Presidency fiasco.

    Hemantha Wednesday, 15 October 2014 01:50 AM

    Mr. Sajith: Let the people decide whether they like your candidate or him

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