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MR to reign for the next 6 years or 8 years? PDF Print E-mail
Heading a supreme court debate, Chief of Justice Asoka Silva stated the official declaration of the present Executive President’s conclusion date of the first Term of office will be announce duly in 24 hours time. The panel of judges comprising of 7 members discussed the constitutional options and interpretations of law before arriving at a final disclosure of the exact time period for president’s office.

The debate was held under three alternative options regarding the conclusion date of president Rajapaksha’s first term of office. Presidential Lawyer Mohan Peries put forward the constitutional interpretation of conclusion of office to be on 19th of November 2010. Meanwhile lawyers representing Sarath Kongahage insisted of the time period to stretch till 19th of November 2011.

These lawyers persisted that although the constitution has allowed a president to hold the presidential elections after 4 years out of the full 6 year term of office, there is no law to interpret that the first term would end 2 years less than it’s normal time period. The lawyers also stated that the mandate for the president had been received for two full terms of office which would imply that the first term to end in 2011 and the second term to commence for another 6 years.

However according to the former chief of Justice Sarath. N. Silva’s interpretation of the constitution on the term of office when a similar decision was made at President Chandrika Kumarathunga’s time, the first term would conclude in two weeks time after the declaration of Election results

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