PAR­LIA­MENT DIS­SOLVED

GEN­ERAL ELEC­TIONS ON JAN. 5 NOM­I­NA­TIONS BE­TWEEN NOV. 19 AND 26 FIRST SIT­TING OF NEW PAR­LIA­MENT ON JAN. 17

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SHEAIN FERNANDOPULLE

Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena dis­solved Par­lia­ment last night end­ing a two-week long po­lit­i­cal im­passe that pre­vailed in the coun­try since the sud­den un­seat­ing of Prime Min­is­ter Ranil Wick­remesinghe and ap­point­ment of for­mer Pres­i­dent Mahinda Ra­japaksa as the Prime Min­is­ter by the Pres­i­dent on Oc­to­ber 26.

Cab­i­net co-spokesman and State Min­is­ter for Me­dia and Dig­i­tal In­fra­struc­ture Ke­he­liya Ram­buk­wela told the Daily Mir­ror that the Pres­i­dent signed the gazette no­ti­fi­ca­tion on the dis­so­lu­tion of the Par­lia­ment last evening. Ear­lier in the day se­cu­rity had been tight­ened in and around the Gov­ern­ment Press where the gazette no­ti­fi­ca­tion was to be printed and em­ploy­ees of the gov­ern­ment Press had been kept on alert for an emer­gency task.

For­mer UPFA Par­lia­men­tar­ian Lak­sh­man Yapa Abey­war­dena said that the nom­i­na­tions for the next Gen­eral Elec­tion would be ten­dered be­tween No­vem­ber 19 and 26 and the elec­tion would be held on Jan­uary 5.

The first meet­ing of the new par­lia­ment would be held on Jan­uary 17.

He also said that the Pres­i­dent has dis­solved Par­lia­ment un­der the pow­ers vested in him by the Constitution.

The gazette no­ti­fi­ca­tion is­sued yes­ter­day by the Pres­i­dent said “... by virtue of the pow­ers vested in me by para­graph (5) of the Ar­ti­cle 70 of the Constitution of the Demo­cratic So­cial­ist Repub­lic of Sri Lanka to be read with para­graph (2) (c) of the Constitution of the Demo­cratic So­cial­ist Repub­lic of Sri Lanka and para­graph (2) of the Ar­ti­cle 62 of the Constitution of the Demo­cratic So­cial­ist Repub­lic of Sri Lanka and in pur­suance of pro­vi­sions of Sec­tion 10 of the Par­lia­men­tary Elec­tions Act No. 1 of 1981 , I, Maithri­a­pala Sirisena, Pres­i­dent of Demo­cratic So­cial­ist Repub­lic of Sri Lanka do by this procla­ma­tion (a) dis­solve Par­lia­ment with ef­fect from mid­night to­day and sum­mon the new Par­lia­ment to meet on the sev­en­teenth day of Jan­uary, two

“...by virtue of the pow­ers vested in me by para­graph (5) of the Ar­ti­cle 70 of the Constitution of the Demo­cratic So­cial­ist Repub­lic of Sri Lanka to be read with para­graph (2) (c) of the Constitution of the Demo­cratic So­cial­ist Repub­lic of Sri Lanka and para­graph (2) of the Ar­ti­cle 62 of the Constitution of the Demo­cratic So­cial­ist Repub­lic of Sri Lanka and in pur­suance of pro­vi­sions of Sec­tion 10 of the Par­lia­men­tary Elec­tions Act No. 1 of 1981 , I, Maithri­a­pala Sirisena, Pres­i­dent of Demo­cratic So­cial­ist Repub­lic of Sri Lanka do by this procla­ma­tion (a) dis­solve Par­lia­ment with ef­fect from mid­night to­day and sum­mon the new Par­lia­ment to meet on the sev­en­teenth day of Jan­uary, two thou­sand and nineteen...”

thou­sand and nineteen...”

Af­ter the ap­point­ment of Mr. Ra­japaksa as the Prime Min­is­ter on Oc­to­ber 26 the Pres­i­dent had pro­rogued Par­lia­ment on Oc­to­ber 27 till No­vem­ber 16. And with pres­sure mount­ing on the Pres­i­dent to con­vene Par­lia­ment im­me­di­ately he is­sued a new procla­ma­tion con­ven­ing Par­lia­ment on No­vem­ber 14.

Amidst spec­u­la­tions that the new Prime Min­is­ter Mahinda Ra­japaksa did not com­mand the con­fi­dence of the ma­jor­ity of Par­lia­ment mem­bers as re­quired by the Constitution, for­mer Speaker Karu Jaya­suriya in­sisted on Wed­nes­day that the no con­fi­dence mo­tion that had been pre­sented by the UNP must be taken up for de­bate and put to vote once the Par­lia­ment meets on No­vem­ber 14. The Euro­pean Union and like-minded coun­tries had said in a state­ment yes­ter­day that it was es­sen­tial to al­low Par­lia­ment to demon­strate its con­fi­dence by vot­ing im­me­di­ately when re­con­vened, so as to re­solve the se­ri­ous un­cer­tain­ties cur­rently fac­ing the coun­try. It is also learnt that the Pres­i­dent has sought the opin­ion of le­gal ex­perts on his pow­ers to dis­solve Par­lia­ment prior to the de­ci­sion on the dis­so­lu­tion of the Par­lia­ment. Se­nior lawyers and re­tired judges in­clud­ing for­mer Chief Jus­tice Sarath N. Silva had ex­plained to the Pres­i­dent the le­gal po­si­tion on the mat­ter.

The sources from the Pres­i­den­tial Sec­re­tar­iat said that the Pres­i­dent signed the gazette no­ti­fi­ca­tion on the dis­so­lu­tion of the Par­lia­ment af­ter fill­ing the va­can­cies in the Cab­i­net.

PICS BY ROMESH DANUSHKA SILVA

Gov­ern­ment sup­port­ers in-front of the Gov­ern­ment press last night

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