Lankapage Logo CP 19 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* UNP rejects dissolution of Parliament by the President
Sat, Nov 10, 2018, 12:18 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 09, Colombo: The United National Party (UNP) says the dissolution of Sri Lanka Parliament by the President Maithripala Sirisena today nearly two years before its term expires is illegal and goes against the constitution.

"We vehemently reject the President's dissolution of Parliament. We will be fighting this to ensure that Democracy reigns supreme in the country. He has robbed the people of their rights and the Democracy that we have enjoyed," the UNP said.

Speaking to the BBC Sinhala service UNP MP Ajith P. Perera said, "The decision of the President is illegal and we call upon the Independent Election Commission to not accept an illegal order."

"We call upon the election commission to solve this problem without bloodshed," he added.

Constitutional experts have told the BBC Sinhala Service on Friday that under the 19th Amendment the President has no authority to dissolve Parliament until four and half years after it was elected.

Under the 19th Amendment, the Article 70 of the Constitution has been amended that
"(1) The President may by Proclamation, summon, prorogue and dissolve Parliament:
Provided that the President shall not dissolve Parliament until the expiration of a period of not less than four years and six months from the date appointed for its first meeting, unless Parliament requests the President to do so by a resolution passed by not less than two-thirds of the whole number of Members (including those not present), voting in its favour.."

But the opinion of the former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva and several other lawyers is that the President has such a power.

 

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories ::
President to launch National Drug Eradication School Week tomorrow from North
-- [3 hours ago]
Fall armyworm menace cancels leave for agriculture officials
-- [4 hours ago]
Health Minister not afraid of criticism to take decisions for benefit of people's health
-- [4 hours ago]
Special island wide police operation nabs 3808 people
-- [5 hours ago]
India-built 150 new houses handed over to plantation workers in Nuwara Eliya
-- [5 hours ago]
Car-lorry collision kills six people in Sri Lanka
Public Health Inspectors to launch token strike on Monday
Police arrest 21 youths with drugs on pilgrimage to Sri Pada
Sri Lanka Navy arrests four illegal immigrants attempted to enter the country from northern sea
Sri Lanka's oDoc wins Rs. 42 million grant from the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund

Copyright © 2000, 2016 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.