Sri Lanka SC rules President’s term is five years

Sri Lanka SC rules President’s term is five years

Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court has informed President Maithripala Sirisena that the duration of his term of office is five years after he sought the apex court’s opinion on whether he can continue in office until 2021.
Sirisena, 66, had requested the country’s apex court to determine whether his term is six years as stated by the 1978 Constitution when he was sworn in on January 9, 2015 or five years as mentioned by the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which was enacted on May 15, 2015.
President made the unusual request as different views were expressed in the legal, civil and political circles about the duration of the term of Presidency after the enactment of the 19th Amendment.
The court ruled that Sirisena’s term in office is limited to five years from 2015 January, the Presidential media unit said on Monday.

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