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Controversy around president’s term in office

Controversy twirls in political circles about reports on President Maithripala Sirisena’s move to pursue an advisory outlook from the Supreme Court (SC) in terms of Article 129 whether he could serve in office till June 20, 2020, thereby delaying the presidential election otherwise scheduled for later this year.

Article 129 of the Constitution says: “If at any time it appears to the President of the Republic that a question of law or fact has risen or is likely to rise which is of such nature and of such public importance that it is practical to obtain the opinion of the Supreme Court upon it, he may refer that question to that court for consideration and the court may, after such hearing as it thinks fit, within the period specified in such reference or within such time as may be prolonged by the President, report to the President its opinion thereon.”

According to reports, the Attorney General’s Department has finished the paperwork for the President to make a mention to the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris said yesterday (20) his party would make every possible effort to foil the move by the President to delay the presidential election.

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