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* Sri Lanka Marxist party says presidential election in January is unconstitutional
Fri, Jun 13, 2014, 11:47 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 13, Colombo: Leader Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Anura Kumara Dissanayaka said that according to the Constitution of Sri Lanka, a Presidential election could not be held in January next year as intended.

Speaking at a seminar held in Kandy to apprise the public on the JVP policy framework 'Our Vision' adopted by the party at its 7th National Convention, Dissanayaka said that the Constitution did not mention anything about a Presidential election during a second term of a President.

A President who is in his first term may hold a Presidential election after four years of his election.

Dissanayaka said the government changed the original Constitution through the 18th amendment so an incumbent President may be elected for the third time.

However, the 18th amendment does not make any reference to the period the presidential election could be called for the third term. As such, the President cannot call a presidential election in January, Dissanayake explained.

He pointed out that the Constitution was amended with two third majority solicited through various gimmicks including bribes, enticements and buying the parliamentarians.

He showed MP Abdul Cader for an example and said he crossed over to the government to have a case against him over corruption withdrawn. Sri Lanka Muslim Congress joined the government to prevent the government buying a section of party MPs, the JVP leader said, highlighting that the two-third power the government has in parliament was not people's choice.

"Mahinda Rajapaksa contesting another presidential election, using provisions of the 18th amendment, is not ethical," the JVP leader said.

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