May 11, 2018

19th amendment bars Mahinda from becoming PM Featured

Mahinda Rajapaksa cannot become prime minister on the ground that the 19th amendment to the constitution requires the position to be held by a person who is capable of acting in the capacity of the president whenever that need arises, according to ‘Ravaya’.

The newspaper is quoting Upul Abeyratne, professor of politics and former member of the committee that entertained public views on constitutional afairs.

He says the president should seek the opinion of the courts with regard to this matter.

As per the 19th amendment, a person who had been president twice cannot be elected for a third term.

Meanwhile, MP Udaya Gammanpila claims the amendment will not come in the way for a third term, in the event the incumbent is either removed, resigns or dies.

Lawyer J.C. Weliamuna says Rajapaksa can become the PM, as there is no law that a PM should be appointed to the vacant position of president, as any other MP can fill that position.

Meanwhile, ‘Anidda’ reports joint opposition’s Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Dinesh Gunawardena, Tissa Vitarana and other leftist leaders and the moderates in the joint opposition are opposed to Gotabhaya Rajapaksa as their presidential candidate.

Top level SLFPers too, agree with them.