Legal action if House dissolved: UNP
The United National Party (UNP) yesterday said it will take legal action if Parliament is dissolved as anticipated.
This was revealed by UNP Chairman Kabir Hashim at a media briefing last evening.
“We will make use of whatever legal provisions available and take action if the House is dissolved,” UNP Chairman said. “As per the 19th Amendment to the constitution, the President is free to dissolve Parliament only after the present one completes four and a half years of its term. The only way out is to allow a political group to show a majority in the House,” he added.
Mr Hashim alleged that investors had taken out as much as Rs.7 billion from the Colombo stock market during the past seven days. Additionally, he said JICA has suspended several projects that had been in the pipeline including the new Kelani Bridge project after the present crisis erupted.
UNP MP Eran Wickramaratne, sharing his views, said that MPs both from the SLMC and the ACMC have gone abroad for their safety. “In the past, only media personnel fled the country fearing for their safety, however today even MPs are leaving the country for this very reason,” he said.
(Source: Daily Mirror – By Yohan Perera)
When Ranil is reinstated as Prime Minister either by Parliament or by other democratic means, His Excellency Pallewatte Gamaralage Yapa Sirisena should be replaced by Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka.
The President had been vested with powers to dissolve Parliament under 33 (2) C of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. This special provision was incorporated into the Constitution under duties, powers and functions of the President in accordance with the judgement of the Supreme Court when considering the 19th Amendment.
If ‘Legal Action’ means going to the court and filing a case , anybody on earth can do that , as long as there is money and courts. The question is whether dissolving the parliament (I assume it is the president who does this) is legal or not. If it is legal and whoever, president or otherwise, has the power guaranteed by the constitution, ‘Legal Action’ will be only hot air.
sirisena is unpopular constitutional there is little one could do about. ne cannot be summoned to court and iam not sure as to whether he culd resign but i doubt he would do so because he dont like the idea of anyone in the current leadesrpi succeeding him. so we are saddled with sirisena until 2020. as is there are a fe contenders. no one candidate has a cat in hell chance of mustering enough votes to become president. even the hardcore unp will not support him.the prospect of unp winning a general election is very remote. regardless of anti mr campaign he continues to enjoy popular support within the party and outside the party,
according to the constitution an incumbent president cannot be indicted so even so whatever decisions he makes will pass uncontested and there is little ranil could do if mr replaces him. vote of no confidence is and option that would lead to and election and most mps would loat the prospect of attending parliament to bullshit
As usual Fiery Fernando is talking NON-SENSE, a type of perverse logic !! He can keep on dreaming !!! UNP MP Wickremaratne says ” in the past only media personnel fled the country, however today, even MP’s are leaving the country for safety reasons” – NOT A BAD THING FOR SRI LANKA SURELY !!!!
Any citizen could seek an opinion from the Supreme Court as to whether any past or future measures adopted by the President are constitutional or not. The Courts will most likely not get involved in making a determination on this matter. The appointment of a Prime Minister and a Cabinet is a matter for the President and Parliament.
If Parliamentarians (or a group within Parliament) is not satisfied with the constitutionality of past actions of the President, they could bring forward an impeachment motion against the President.
His Excellency Pallewatte Gamaralage Yapa Sirisena has entrenched enemies in the Blues Party.
Anyone reckon he will ever be forgiven for cutting the R Brothers’ throats in 2015?
No way, the R brothers impeached a Chief Justice just because she failed to sign off on the Divineguma Bill.
They will never forgive the Gamrala; they will get his throat.
On the other hand, RW is a gentleman; he has expressed willingness to work with the Gamrala after all what he has done to them.