By Manel Fonseka –
I was looking through some of my old articles and came across a press cutting with an interview by JR Jayewardene.
An amendment to the 2 term period requires a 2/3 majority in Parliament PLUS a Referendum. The “old fox” himself said so.
In an interview with Sunday Island Editor Rohan Abeywardena on 15 Dec 1991, responding to the question:
“Why did you not contest in 1988?’,
“Under the Constitution of 1978 a President can be elected for two terms only. Under the Law creating the Presidency my first term was deemed to have commenced in 1978.
“Thereafter in 1982 I was elected for the second term. If I had acceded to the request of my Party, and many of the Members of the Opposition, and contested the Presidential election in 1988, it would have meant a third term for me, and would have needed an amendment to the Constitution, by a two-thirds majority, and also the sanction of a Referendum. I thanked my sponsors and declined to accept their offer. Moreover, as a cricketer I was aware that in cricket, there are only two innings given to a side, and there is no third innings.”
I rest my case