President told his term is limited to five years

President Maithripala Sirisena has been told by the Supreme Court his term is limited to only five years.

The Presidential Secretariat said that the Supreme Court had communicated this to the President after the President had sough the advise of the court.

A five judge bench had been appointed by the Supreme Court to decide on President Maithripala Sirisena’s term in office.

The five judge bench of the Supreme Court last week held an open court hearing to determine the number of years the President can hold office.

The President’s office said that two different views had been expressed in legal, civil and political circles about the duration of the term of Presidency after the enactment of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

In order to dispel this confusion, the President had sought the opinion of the Supreme Court regarding the actual term of office. According to the powers vested on the President under the Constitution, the President has the right to seek the opinion of the Supreme Court. The former Presidents who held office had also sought the opinion of the Supreme Court during their tenures. (Colombo Gazette)