President seeks Supreme Court’s opinion for six-year term
Posted on January 9th, 2018

Courtesy adaderana

President Maithripala Sirisena has sought the Supreme Court’s opinion if he could be the president for six years, a request which contradicts the amendment he introduced to reduce the presidential term to five years.

He spearheaded the 19th amendment (19A) to the Constitution in 2015 to prune the presidential term from six to five years.

The president’s term should end in 2020, but has sought the Supreme Court’s opinion if he could continue until 2021.

The Registrar of the Supreme Court yesterday informed the members of legal fraternity that the consideration by the apex Court has been listed for January 11, officials said.

It said the President had requested an opinion which read, whether in terms of provisions of the Constitution, I as the person elected and succeeding to the office of President and having assumed such office in terms of Article 32 (1) of the Constitution on January 9, 2015, have any impediment to continue in the office of President for a period of 6 years from January 9, 2015”.

The request stands in direct contrast to President Sirisena’s action of backing the civil society’s demand to abolish the presidency when he offered to be the Opposition’s common candidate in 2015.

Instead of abolishing it, Sirisena introduced the 19A amendment which reduced the presidential term to five years while taking away the absolute control over the dissolution of parliament.

-PTI

-Agencies

3 Responses to “President seeks Supreme Court’s opinion for six-year term”

  1. Dilrook Says:

    Absolutely disgusting! Sirisena promised to abolish executive presidency (just like Chandrika and Mahinda) but now he want to extend his stay. This is a very important decision. It can decide the political future of the country. If Sirisena’s term ends on January 8, 2020 (as I understand), he cannot preside over parliamentary elections in 2020 or 2021 without winning another term. If his term is extended to 2021 (I disagree), then he will be the president to oversee parliamentary elections and use his tricks once again to achieve the outcome he wants.

  2. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    Puppet the rubber stamp vairapala sorry sena is scared to lose the job. So the traitor is looking for a way to die
    on the job. Unfortunately, the traitor catholic run UNPatriotic party chief die hard catholic token Buddhist Bay
    Gal Karaya Mega Thakkadiya Mega Thief Lajja Baya Nathi Aga Matta Batalande Wadakaya Pol Pot r@nil wickrama
    Sinhala killer also no help since the murderous monster can’t find a way to kill Sinhalese and extend the term.
    Sorry I can’t find enough C brigade police, army etc. top brass to start another Sinhalese cull! Try the law courts
    sorry sena. If you want I can supply some yes men at the courts!

    Yours Sincerely
    R@il wickrama Sinhala killer
    TC, TB, MThf, BGKrya, MThk, LBNAgMtta,PPt, BtlndW.
    (dis)honourable PM
    Banana Republic of Sri Lanka

  3. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    Puppet the rubber stamp vairapala sorry sena is scared to lose the job. So the traitor is looking for a way to die
    on the job. Unfortunately, the traitor catholic run UNPatriotic party chief die hard catholic token Buddhist Bay
    Gal Karaya Mega Thakkadiya Mega Thief Lajja Baya Nathi Aga Matta Batalande Wadakaya Pol Pot r@nil wickrama
    Sinhala killer also no help since the murderous monster can’t find a way to kill Sinhalese and extend the term.
    Sorry I can’t find enough C brigade police, army etc. top brass to start another Sinhalese cull! Try the law courts
    sorry sena. If you want I can supply some yes men at the courts!

    Yours Sincerely
    R@il wickrama Sinhala killer
    DHC, TB, MThf, BGKrya, MThk, LBNAgMtta,PPt, BtlndW.
    (dis)honourable PM
    Banana Republic of Sri Lanka

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