Following concerns that President Maithripala Sirisena was set to violate the 19th Amendment in letter and spirit with regard to the extent of the presidential term, his media unit issued a special statement today (January 11) pointing out that this was not the first time a chief executive had sought Supreme Court advice on such matters.
Maithripala Sirisena earlier asked the Supreme Court to determine when his presidential term expires.
Colombo Telegraph reported yesterday that there is no provision for Sirisena’s term to go beyond the five years specified in the 19th Amendment.
However, the Attorney General, has stated that since Sirisena took up presidential duties on January 9, 2015 for a six year term and prior to the 19th Amendment being passed, the five year limit imposed therein does not apply.
However, as Colombo Telegraph pointed out, the 19th Amendment clearly deals with the question in order to clear any possible confusion.