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President not prohibited from holding office for six years: Saliya Pieris

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President's Counsel Saliya Pieris has submitted to Supreme Court that there is no proposition in the 19th Amendment which prohibits President Siriseana, from going on for six years from January 9, 2015.

He made the submission in support of an intervenient application filed by Ven. Ulapane Sumangala Thera.

He further pleaded that the 19th Amendment is operative from May 2015 only and not retrospectively. The 19th Amendment only changed the term of office of the President from six years to five years. If the legislature intended to reduce the term of office of the incumbent President, it should have stated so in the 19th Amendment.

In this matter, Supreme Court was hearing the President's reference seeking the opinion of the Supreme Court over whether, in terms of the Provisions of the Constitution, he faces any impediments in continuing in the office of President for a period of six years from 9 January 2015, the date on which the results of his election to the office of President was declared.

He has also sought the SC to deliver its opinion on or before 14 January 2018.

The five judge Bench comprising Chief Justice Priyasath Dep, justices Eva Wanasundera, Justices B.P. Aluvihara, Sisira J. De Abrew and K.T. Chitrasiri heard the matter.

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