Feb 19, 2017

‘Won’t be easy to deprive Mahinda of his civic rights’

It will not be an easy task to deprive ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa of his civic rights, a senior government minister told Sri Lanka Mirror.

He is commenting on a SLM article based on a ‘Sathhanda’ newspaper article that claimed the government was planning to deprive Rajapaksa of his civic rights in view of the acusations leveled against him.

Even if a presidential commission is appointed to inquire into accusations of misconduct against him, a proposal in that regard has to be passed by a two-third parliamentary majority, which will be not be achieveable at this moment, said the minister.

Even the SLFP ministers will not agree to deprive Rajapaksa of his civic rights and it will also not be good for the political health of president Maithripala Sirisena.

The proposal is going to be made by a SLFP minister who believes himself to be a legal expert, according to him.

That will only result in an end to disunity in the joint opposition, said the minister.

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