The government says that the incumbent president can ask for the presidential election to be held on the best possible date for him after four years in office as long as it is within the legal framework.
Many also questioned whether it is fair for the president to seek a determination on contesting for the third time from the Chief Justice given that he was appointed by the President. In response, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told The Sunday Leader that it has been the standard practice to appoint the Chief Justice by the President – and there is nothing wrong seeking constitutional interpretations for further clarification to expel any doubts.
Speaking to The Sunday Leader, left-wing politician Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara assured that the Democratic Left Front will continue to support President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the next presidential election. According to him, the President had no need to seek the Supreme Court interpretation to contest for the third term as the legislation has clearly enabled him to contest for the third term without any legal barriers.
by Zacki Jabbar
The Supreme Court was not bound to give a ruling on President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s reference seeking a determination on whether he was eligible to seek re-election for a third term, nor is its opinion binding, says the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL). BASL President Upul Jayasuriya said that in the event the SC ruled that Rajapaksa could bid for a third term they could at the time he declared his candidat…………………….. READ MORE
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