Jun 13, 2019

Maithri appoints ministers illegitimately ; Ranil says no Cabinet without him, goes overseas Featured

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the Cabinet of ministers had decided not to convene Cabinet meetings without the President. They had taken this decision until the President reveals his stand on whether or not Cabinet meetings should be held or not.

Despite Ranil Wickremesinghe having the power to convene Cabinet meetings without the President, it has been customary for the government to hold Cabinet meetings under the leadership of the President since 2015.

During former President Chandrika Kumaratunge’s tenure (2001-2004) the UNP government prevailed and Cabinet meetings were held without President Chandrika Kumaratunge.
Therefore, legal experts have said that it is possible to hold Cabinet meetings without the President.

The Cabinet Ministers have said that as the compensation process for the Easter Sunday victims and the country’s development activities must move forward, it is mandatory to hold the Cabinet meetings.
As the President had wanted the summoning of intelligence and police officers to the parliament select committee stopped, threatening not to attend Cabinet meetings if his instructions were not adhered to. Accordingly, the Cabinet meeting scheduled for June 11th was not held.

According to several Cabinet ministers, the President had not allocated dates this week for Cabinet meetings and had not issued any notice regarding a future date either.
The parliament select committee appointed to investigate the Easter Sunday bombings met on June 11th and is scheduled to meet again this afternoon.

Meanwhile, the members of the parliament select committee had decided to continue with the proceedings and said they had no intention of meeting with the President to discuss this issue either.

Maithri appoints ministers illegally

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had notified the President in a letter that appointing Ministers replacing those who resigned is in violation of the constitution.
The UNP had proposed the names of Minister Rajitha Senaratne, Malik Samarawickrama and Ranjith Maddumabandara last week.

However, rejecting the UNP nominations, the President had appointed three deputy and state ministers.
The Prime Minister noted in his letter that according to the provisions of the 19th Amendment, at a time when ministers have resigned, it is illegal to appoint acting ministers.
Accordingly, the names of the ministers should be proposed by the Prime Minister, but the Prime Minister said he had not suggested the names of the ministers who were appointed.
However, so far no one has been appointed to the post of Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs after the resignation of Minister Haleem.

Ranil off to Singapore-Maithri to Tajikistan

The President is scheduled to leave on an official tour to Tajikistan today, while the Prime Minister left on a three day visit to Singapore yesterday.
Two others had accompanied the Prime Minister and they are scheduled to return on the 14th.
However, the President is scheduled to return to the country on the 16th and nearly 50 others had accompanied the President on his tour.

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