Government asserts dissolving Parliament, setting dates for polls legal

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The Government today asserted that the decision taken by President Maithripala Sirisena to dissolve Parliament and set dates for elections in January, is legal and Constitutional.

Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said that the President has the right to dissolve Parliament and he had acted within those legal rights.

Reading from the Constitution Rajapakshe said that the President can dissolve Parliament even before it completes 4 1/2 years.

He said that there are some additional powers given to the President under the 19th Amendment to the Constitution under which he can dissolve Parliament to resolve a political deadlock.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Sarath Amunugama said that the actions of Speaker Karu Jayasuriya also influenced the President’s decision to dissolve Parliament.

He said that the Speaker had attempted to go against the standing orders of Parliament when Parliament was to meet on November 14th.

As a result the President considered the actions of the Speaker and other issues and dissolved Parliament and called for elections. (Colombo Gazette)

2 COMMENTS

  1. Wijedasa Rajapakse (Dealdasa) was the Minister of Justice when the 19th Amendment was presented to the Parliament. Any errors or commissions should be his fault. Even the differences in the translation shows how inefficient he is. He has always been a Mahinda plant in Ranil’s government. He is step by step eliminating every one who will contest for Presidential and PM posts so that when the 2025 comes he would have eliminated every one who are now planning or running for Presidential and PM posts. See how he got Ranil out, then now he is the chief adviser of Maithree and Maithree is also done with this stupid move of his to dissolve the Parliament. Who is next, its Mahinda, Dealdasa’s next move would be to eliminate Mahinda and I am sure he has a plan for that as well. Then in 2025 who is there Namal Baby, this Dealdasa would have ruined Namal by then as well. That is one reason he jumps from one party to another like a monkey and also bribes Sanga to support him. Watch out Mahinda and Namal Rajapakse for this Dealdasa who could not even present a proper constitutional amendment to the Parliament.

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