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Presidentís 2nd Term begins from 9th Nov 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Short while ago the Supreme Court gave the decision that the second term of President Mahinda Rajapaksa is to begin from 19th November 2010. Newly re-elected President Rajapakse seeked supreme court’s opinion as to when his 2nd term in office starts. A seven judge Bench of the Supreme Court today took up the reference made by the President

According to spokesman for the President, a communiqué making the determination was received by the President’s office today.

“The Supreme Court communiqué has reached the President’s office today and it states that President Mahinda Rajapakse’s second term will begin on November 19, 2010,” said Mr. Rajakarunanayake.

The Bench comprised Chief Justice Asoka de Silva, Justices Shirani A. Bandaranayake, Jagath Balapatabendi, K. Sripavan, P.A. Ratnayake, Chandra Ekanayake and S.I. Imam.

Attorney General Mohan Peiris with Deputy Solicitor General Jayantha Jayasuriya and Senior State Counsel Nerin Pulle and A.H.M.D.Nawaz maintained that the date the President has to assume office as being November 19, 2010.

President’s Counsel D.S. Wijesinghe appearing for intervenient petitioner Mendis Rohanadeera and President’s Counsel Nihal Jayamanne appearing for intervenient Petitioner Sarath Kongahage maintained that the date the President has to assume office as being November 19, 2011.

They contended that the incumbent President sought the mandate from people for a further term of office of Presidency for 6 years. They maintained that the people had given him the mandate of first term of his office for 6 years and that it cannot be abridged or truncated.

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