New scenario- Possibility of extending the term of the parliament

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The article posted here under the heading “President’s term and Peoples power” was written and dispatched for publication on ‘Thai Pongal’ day. Since then the Supreme court determination has been made public confirming that the incumbent President’s term shall be five years and not six years as argued by Hon. Attorney General. As mentioned earlier, although article 49(1)(b) is very clear- referring to the ‘five- year’ term for the incumbent president as well-, the AG has argued otherwise. We are aware that the public perception in the ‘good old days’ was that AG’s opinion in general, is always right and the office of the AG was held in high esteem. In the meantime, the Deputy Minister, Ajith Perera was quoted as saying that the government will change the Constitution and abolish the Executive Presidency adding that the people of the country gave the government a mandate to change the Constitution. We won’t be surprised that the next move of the government would be to seek peoples mandate through a referendum to abolish the Presidential system and revert back to a new parliament where they will count the duration of the parliament from the date of approving the new constitution. In the republic of Sri Lanka sovereignty is in the people.

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