UNP says President cannot decide who is PM

The United National Party (UNP) today insisted that President Maithripala Sirisena cannot decide who can be the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, based on his personal vendettas.

UNP Chairman Kabir Hashim said noted that the President is reported to have said that he will not appoint Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister in his life time even if legally proven that he commands the confidence of the majority in the house.

“This is yet another blatant violation of the fundamentals of Parliamentary Democracy. The President has no choice but to act within the framework of Constitutional Provisions and the Constitution does not make provisions for personal vendettas,” Kabir Hashim said.

Hashim also said that President Maithripala Sirisena, at a meeting with the Foreign Correspondents Association in Colombo has yet again tried to justify the illegal removal of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the 26th of October 2018 by saying, it was due to corruption and that a Presidential Commission of inquiry will be established to look into cases of corruption between Jan 2015 and Oct 2018.

Hashim said that the Government that operated during this period was in no way “A Ranil Wickremesinghe Government”.

“President Maithripala Sirisena who headed the National Unity Government was not only the Head of State but also the Head of Government. All decisions were made by a Cabinet chaired by the President. If there was corruption in the past 3 ½ years as the President says, the President has equally to share the blame,” Hashim said.

The UNP also welcomed the appointment of a Presidential Commission to look into this period and also insisted that President Sirisena is not made immune to the investigation himself. (Colombo Gazette)

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