President’s decision to consult Supreme Court for tenure postponed amidst a strange political game

President’s decision to consult Supreme Court for tenure postponed amidst a strange political game

12 September 2019 10:34 am

We reported last week that President Maithripala Sirisena has prepared all documents to consult the Supreme Court on whether his term of office ends on May 15, 2020.

However, the documents prepared to be handed over to the Supreme Court on Tuesday (10) were kept on hold by the President the last minute, sources close to Presidential Secretariat said. 

The President has changed his decision following a strong request made by the Presidential staff that this was not the appropriate time to consult the Supreme Court, and should wait until the time is right, according to sources. 

Meanwhile, Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said at a recent media briefing that he has the constitutional authority to take action regarding the presidential election from September 15. 

While talks between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) for forming alliance are in the midst of being barred, Sajith Premadasa has not yet been able to gain nomination from the United National Party (UNP) for presidential election. 

The President has been postponing to consult of his tenure, presumably to prepare himself for a strange political game based on the latest trends, sources further said.