Government says individuals instigating Constitutional crisis

The Government says certain groups with political agendas are instigating a Constitutional crisis by calling for the reconvening of the Parliament.

Co- Cabinet Spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardena said that according to the Constitution, the Parliament is vested with the powers of Finance and only the President is vested with the power to reconvene Parliament. 

The President can reconvene a former Parliament only under an emergency law, but currently the President has assured there was no requirement to reconvene Parliament. No individual or party can pressurise or influence the President to reconvene Parliament, Minister Gunawardena explained.

He added that legal experts have advised the President that he can proceed with the current budget and funding until three months after the convening of a new Parliament, and it does not violate the Constitution of Sri Lanka.

Commenting on the issues surrounding the holding of the General Election on 20 June, Minister Bandula Gunawardena said the chairman of the National Election Commission is vested with the power to nominate or change the date to hold the election. (Colombo Gazette)

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