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* Sri Lanka trade union calls for masses to stand against the government for ignoring the Constitution
Sun, Jan 6, 2013, 12:50 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 06, Colombo: The National Trade Union Center (NTUC) affiliated to Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has called for the working masses to unite and stand against the government that ignores the Constitution.

JVP Politburo member and NTUC Head, K.D. Lal Kantha said that the working masses should work towards driving away such a government.

He explained that Clause 125 (a) in the Constitution of 1978 states that the only authority to interpret the law is the Supreme Court and not the executive or the legislature.

"The Supreme Court, on a request by the Court of Appeal, has given a verdict that the process to impeach the Chief Justice is inconsistent with the Constitution," Lal Kantha observed.

He notes that it is the duty of the executive and legislature to respect the verdict of the Supreme Court.

According to Lal Kantha, the government's statements that it did not accept the court verdict are a clear indication that the government is ignoring the fundamental law of the country, the Constitution.

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