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No dissolution of Parliament on mere request: Jayampathy to Mahinda

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Constitutional Lawyer and UNP Parliamentarian Dr. Jayampathy Wickramarathne has stated that Parliament cannot be dissolved before four and half years unless a two thirds majority of the House passes a resolution as per the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

He was responding to a request made by Mahinda Rajapakse to President Maithripala Sirisena to dissolve Parliament. Addressing the media, Wickramarathne said: "What was concluded was an election for Local Government Authorities. Parliament was elected for a term of 5 years. There is no tradition or precedence to say that Parliament should be dissolved when the incumbent Government suffers a loss at Local Government elections. It is not a valid claim.

However, the two main parties in the Government must take note of the election results, learn from the mistakes they have made and do a course correction. It can be done and should be done.

The combined votes of the parties that are opposed to pro-Rajapaksa group still have a clear majority. Former President Rajapaksa has got only 44.65 percent of the national vote. He cannot claim a landslide victory. His vote percentage at the last Presidential Election was 47.58 percent. The combined vote of the parties that are opposed to him is nearly 55 percent."

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