President can contest for a third term in office: Nimal Siripala de Silva

President can contest for a third term in office: Nimal Siripala de Silva

Written by Staff Writer

11 Nov, 2014 | 5:38 pm

Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva has announced in Parliament that President Mahinda Rajapaksa can contest for a third term in office. The Minister has said that Supreme Court has decided that there is no legal impediment for President to contest for a third term.

The deadline granted by the President for the Supreme Court to provide an opinion on whether there are any constitutional impediments to him seeking a further term in office, expired on Monday.

On November 5, the President submitted two questions to the Supreme Court whether there are any impediments on him, the incumbent President, when the 18th Amendment was adopted, from seeking a further term of office after the conclusion of four years since assuming office in his second term on  November 19, 2010.

And, whether as the incumbent President serving his second term of office when the 18th Amendment came into effect, there are any impediments to him being elected for a further term of office.

The two questions were considered at the Chief Justice’s chambers on Monday, by a bench comprising of Chief Justice Mohan Peiris and Justices K. Sri Pavan, Chandra Ekanayake, Priyasad Depp, Eva Wanasundara, Rohini Marasinghe, Buwaneka Aluvihare, Sarath de Abrew, Sisira de Abrew and Priyantha Jayewardene.

Thirty eight written submissions had been made to the Supreme Court arguing for the positive and the negative responses to the two questions posed by the President.

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