17 September, 2019

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Dissolution Invalid: Supreme Court Issues Historic Order Allowing Parliament To Meet Tomorrow

In a landmark order, the tripartite bench consisting Chief Justice Nalin Perera, Justice Prasanna Jayawardena and Justice Priyantha Jayawardena stayed both Gazette notifications issued by President Maithripala Sirisena proroguing and dissolving Parliament.

The Gazette dissolving Parliament was stayed till the 7th December while the case was fixed for argument on the 5th, 6th and 7th December.

Meanwhile, the Gazette convening Parliament on November 14 will stand active, which means Parliament could be convened tomorrow.

The three-judge bench gave the order after considering submissions made by all petitioners and intervening petitioners on the President’s decision to prematurely dissolve Parliament, despite strong constitutional barriers imposed by the 19th Amendment to the constitution.

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Parliamentarians also met Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, soon after the order was issued, urging him to convene Parliament as soon as possible.

More stories loaded.Speaking to media from the Hulftsdorp courts presses, UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa said Parliament could convene even tomorrow. He requested all UNPers to refrain from resorting to violence and maintain law and order. Meanwhile, informed sources told Colombo Telegraph that Speaker Karu Jayasuriya is currently preparing a statement on convening Parliament tomorrow.

UNP Leader and “ousted” Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe informed his Parliamentarians that he was ready to show his Parliamentary majority at any time. He also told them to “get ready” to attend Parliament tomorrow.

Commenting on the order, UPFA Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa said, “SupremeCourt has issued an interim order. This is not the Court’s final decision. I have never seen politicians get so excited for postponing elections. The UNP have a history of postponing polls but eventually voters will decide.”

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    Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe,

    RE: Dissolution Invalid: Supreme Court Issues Historic Order Allowing Parliament To Meet Tomorrow

    So, the Parliament dissolution by Sirisena, whose balls are still dissolving, is not valid, per Supreme Court.. It makes sense.

    When will Siisena’s balls be fully dissolved?

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    Case is yet to be won. But their strategy is invalidated. Back bone is broken. Before December 7 NCM must be fished in the parliament against New King. Ranil is blocking the UNP from moving forward, others should bring the NCM.

    Second time Jayam Jayantha disasterly differed with SC on the 19A interpretation. Earlier he said New King could be there for 6 years but SC differed on that. Not fit to be AG again. He should resign with this.

    On Behalf of election commission, Ratnajeevan made history, by presenting it as petitioner while it was being sued in the court. Mahinda Deshapriya must now resign if he has shame. Ratnajeen has to be made the election commissioner.

    The murder story has to be verified when the parliament is convened.
    When India invaded Pirapaharan saved the land. Now Sampanthar and Tamil lawyers have done the same thing. They saved the land from Old and New King team- Hitler and Mussolini.

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      I hear The Chinese Ambassador is on his way to Temple Trees, while Pujith Jayasundera is also there and has offered to arrest the entire fake cabinet.

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        old codger
        Don’t talk nonsense. If anybody to arrest, it should be the President! It was his order.
        I want Ranil and the UNP to forget about the whole episode like gentlemen and engage in professional politics by stopping political witch-hunt.

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          Champa,
          What about your hero Modawansa who refuses to accept the order? Anybody who took advantage of illegal orders must be arrested. But Ranil is too soft and won’t do it. I don’t know why.

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    Ay Ayyoooo…..yesterday “Ada Da Rena” Dilka Samanmali has announced the legality of the Presidents decision at Political program. That dead rope was given by the half brained former CJ Sarath Nanda Silva. At least now stop biased journalism.

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    Otherwise there would have been no democracy and the continuity of parliament would be a debatable one.

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    CT
    Ranil’s photo is not suitable here. Ranil told Hindu that there will be no law suites on this matter.

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    A great victory for Democracy and the people of the nation. A great lost for Political coup by Sirisena and Mahinda. But this is not the end.

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    This is a victory for Democracy. This is not a triumph of the crony cabal of Ranil Wickremesighe. So let us not celebrate this event but regard it as reprieve for democracy and forge a grand alliance of popular left front. Sri Lanka needs a Jeremy Corbyn

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      Sarath de Alwis
      Indeed.
      SL needs a man like Jeremy Corbyn badly.
      He is a boon to the ordinary working people in the UK.
      A nightmare for the UK’s Conservatives and PM Theresa May.
      Lord Nasty shiver in his boots when Corbyn’s around.

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    At last democracy has won. As I already mentioned the interpretation of the law is always with the Supreme Court. The whole episode commencing from the action or conduct of the President should be taken into consideration to find out the evil motive of the President and his company. God has finally saved the democracy and the people of Sri Lanka from the ugly grip of a dictator to be. As one could anticipate any developments like imposing emergency and curfew may be imposed to continue to suppress all democratic practices. All religious dignitaries and the entire forces should watch and neutralize the uncivilized conduct of the trouble makers in order to secure the stability of the country.

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    RE: Dissolution Invalid: Supreme Court Issues Historic Order Allowing Parliament To Meet Tomorrow

    “Meanwhile, the Gazette convening Parliament on November 14 will stand active, which means Parliament could be convened tomorrow.”

    Sirisena and Mahinda Rajapaksa and cronies, time to gather all the stolen loot ad throw at the MPs if you van but them out, as you are looking stupider and stupider.

    Wonder, who the suckers are in this “Tele-drama from October, 26, 208”. Sirisena was the main actor, and Majhnda Rajapaksa and cronies, supporting actors.

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    In any civilised society, a political leader facing a similar situation would resign his position forthwith. Can we expect that from our President?

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      Don’t know who you are ?????? You claim to be a dual citizen. That is shameless !!!!!!
      If the good country of Australia welcomed you in and gave you citizenship then in the name of God owe your allegiance to Australia. Most probably you must be one of those rare Sri Lanka arseholes who moved over for a better future and then wave the SL flag to suit your bloody convenience. If you are a Australian Citizen then there is no such phrase as our president.
      Wonder how many SL arseholes like you are in good old Aus. Bloody traitor.
      Will keep a look out for you. That is for sure.

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    It took two years for King to make a wrong decision. He waited all these time and got out of SLFP.

    Now SLFPyers should change the constitution and dismiss New King from Chairmanship. Then they should remove all the MPs moved to Salp Party.

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    Has Sirisens got any more TRUMP CARDS in his pocket?
    As Mahinda and Co. are no longer SLFP MEMBERS, are they allowed sit in the Parliament as MPs of the SLPP which has not got any MPs elected in the last general election???

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    ….Haiyo Sirisena.

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    Bravos to heroes who resist the “second coming” of the most demonic and the corrupted regime led by MaRa and uneducated Gotler !!

    MaRa, Gotler, Namal, Basil, SilliSena, and Willie Gamage …on their way to dusty death

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    Yes, Namal Rajapaksa. The voters will decide. Only traitors of Sri Lanka will vote for your father!

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    Dayan the public racist

    Would you like to run a campaign against the three judges?
    Would you like to gather other like minded persons to strengthen your hand?
    Remember these are three unelected judges voted against 5,768,090 people’s wishes.
    These unelected judges should be stopped by any means necessary.

    Is there anyone willing to eat their words?

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    Yes. hoooray, rule of law and democracy won the day! The entire nation Salute the Judges for their impartiality and bravery for the sake of the nation! Shitsena’s and MR’s coup failed miserably, and eggs and black on their faces. What a Shame. Really popy Shame for them for playing with lives of the people.

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    The heart of the problem is twofold. First, greed for fruits of some continued post after 2019. Second, ignorance of how government works, illiteracy of the concept the division of power between the three branches of state, and village craftiness that degenerated into naiveté. How embarrassing it must be for the justices of the Supreme Court to have to step in and teach this man the rudiments of his job as President.

    What a fool Mahinda has been to get dragged into this madhouse; he was cruising along as top dog for the next election. Now he has got mud on his face that he goes into the election, whenever it is, as underdog.

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      OMG david are you that stupid> This is a stay order until the petitions are examined.

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    I have never ever seen a craziest president like this stupid . If he had the confidence of his party why he had to dissolve the parliament. He couldn’t stand for what he says pls u step down as president. Get lost and let the country to to run . Already the economy is collapsed and u made it still collapsing .

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    It is only an interim order and case will be heard in early December.

    Keep in mind that the judges have to sit in judgment regarding certain actions by their appointing authority!!

    Judges are also human.

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    KASmaalam K A Sumanasekere

    Hope Hopper Sirisen resigns from presidency as he promised in order to avoid looking at Ranil’s face.
    If he shamelessly wants to continue as president he should be made to watch Ranil’s a..e until his terms expires.

    Do you think the three judges supreme court bench is made up of unpatriotic, Sinhala Vellala, Abrahamic, …………………. ?

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    Three cheers to Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court to even temporarily stalling PRESIDENTIAL LUNACY!
    People had come to a point that no matter who became the Prime Minister, the Parliament should not be blocked arbitrarily.
    .
    My sincere thanks go to The (Right) Honourable Nalin Perera, NEW Chief Justice of Sri Lanka!!!!
    With this stay order, which makes the Gazette notification to reconvene the Parliament tomorrow stands unchanged, Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court has upheld the fact that people are the ultimate authority and that any ruler can govern the country only with people’s consent which is demonstrated through Representatives in the Parliament and therefore, the Executive should not be allowed to undermine the sovereignty and democracy of the Parliament and above all people’s mandate, no matter which party owns it.
    I am proud of our Supreme Court!!!!!
    The President and Basil Rajapaksa will go down the history as failed coup masters who destroyed a much loved, larger than life leader of Sri Lanka in one night, for their personal gain.
    I posted many comments to a Sinhala Daily and Wimal’s .lk requesting former President to not to fall into their trap as they have nothing to lose.
    Seriously, Maithri and Basil should be given a cocaine parcel and sent to Philippines to end their toxic politics.

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      Champa, please do not insult the Supreme Court by cheering it. This is not a netball match. It is a struggle for to protect Sri Lanka from the invading Chinese.

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        edwin rodrigo
        Why not? Our Supreme Court deserves to be commended for saving Sri Lanka’s good name and bringing prestige and honour to the country with their interim order to stay the dissolution of the Parliament.

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      Now I understand the composition of the Bench. New CJ is smart. It is pretty obvious that he wanted to make it clear to all parties involved that SC’s judgement is transparent, impartial and independent. Excellent!!!

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    The UNP have a history of postponing polls but eventually voters will decide. (Namal Baby) If UNP is being non-democratic by postponing elections, Namal Baba’s party automatically becomes more democratic by trying to preponing them.
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    Since I feel that I am more democratic than Namal Baba’s party, whatever it may be, utilizing my rights as a free citizen of SL, I am going to ask for elections every week. Someone says, that this is not possible because preparations require at least a month, I can increase the period to one month, but not more.
    .
    However, the contention that one month is too short has to be tested. Being a good project planner, that being one of my jobs here, I tested several dafren dafren project plans in MS Project and found surprising and exciting results. But right now I have to have my afternoon siesta. I am prepared to die for my country. But I am not prepared to sacrifice my siesta even for Namal baba.

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      Edwin ´Mahathhtayo,

      today is one of my nicest day in life. I am not into lanken politcis, but I fight for democracy.
      Those how just ask ” prajathanthrawadhaya kannadha? ” are my enemies.
      Jayaweewa…. ! Let s pray for the educated and pro-democracy fighters in our home country.

      I cant now understand CHAMPA anymore. I thought he was against us. For sometime now he or she has been waging the tail towards justice. I have no explanation as to why the creature does so.

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      See, President himself has handled the phone calls in order to grab MPs to his side.

      With audio tapes being circulated in the air today, president himself to pretend as if he knows nothing about them is beyond all bearing.

      There are two tapes, I myself heard that the voice is 1000000000000000000% authentic to say, that it was from President himself.

      Range Bandara has exposed them and the most ridiculous is that particular Informant -NAMAL KUMARA has made a statement about his contesting in next general election being part of Pohottuwa.

      So Namal Kumara should be arrested by the police if Police is independent right ?

      So in today ‘s context, POLICE is not at all independent.

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    Lets be thankful, there are a few Sri Lankans left, who know how to READ.

    To the teachers who taught the judges of the Supreme Court in the early years….thank you! You may have done a lot more for the future of Sri Lanka and all those who claim they care about Sri Lanka.

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    Pohottuwa guys and the gang of 16 always interpreted the challenge as “against holding elections & seeking people’s verdict”! But, the challenge was only about the Prez making an illegal order violating the Constitution. The Constitution provides when the the Prez can dissolve the Parliament and NOT AT HIS WHIMS & FANCY.

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    GOOD LUCK RANIL.this court order will go down as land mark in lanakan history.all parties please sort out this current situation in parliament with out any fight and mud slinging at each other.PLESE BE CAREFUL ABOUT GONPILLAI AND BOORUWANSA..AND NEWGAMAGE who will be waiting to create trouble.

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    Sounds fine.

    SLLP to have 75% rights in parliament (based on midterm results).

    Rajapaksa to remain as Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs.

    Sirisena to remain as President.

    Ranil to remain as PM.

    President to PM power ratio = 75:25.

    Sirisena to have 50% executive rights.

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    TCHA; TCHA; Namal Rajapakse could have also addressed Court and made submissions.He is also a Lowyer!

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      Plato, Namal baby is the most brilliant lawyer the world has even seen. He completed his studies and all the exams in one month. He also graduated at the top of his class.

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        Tamil from the north

        Namal baby also did his PhD if not for his father’s downfall he would have completed it in about 1 and 1/2 months.

        I think you envy him.

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    Let saner counsel prevail. Some advise to MP’s who crossed over for money and ministerial positions.When my grand father died in 1945 we went and left him at the cemetery and we came back home and similarly when my grand mother died in 1960 father in 1970 mother in 2004 sister in 2010 and brother in 2014 we carried their remains to the cemetery and left them their and came back home.However much we loved them we did not keep them at home and neither they took with them any of their belongings. I know very well that my children will do the same when I die.Please if you happen to read this take it to your mind. Their final resting place ended up with the rich the poor and people of all castes creeds and religions. With all the big money you got you might get a VIP funeral.

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      Upali,

      Now the game goes like this, “If you are poor, it is not your mistake. If your son is poor it is your mistake”

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    Now the Parliament should be reconvened tomorrow (14th), take a vote and reinstall Ranil as PM. Then steps should be taken right away to impeach the treacherous Sira and throw him into jail. Sira has indeed committed many heinous crimes against the citizens of this country.

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