Civic rights could be stripped from Prez: JVP

Published : 9:10 am  December 6, 2018 | No comments so far |  | 


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LATE-CITY-DM-1-3By Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera

Not only an impeachment brought against President Maithripala Sirisena but his civic rights also could be stripped, as he had violated the Constitution on several occasions, JVP MP Vijitha Herath said yesterday.


He told Parliament that the President had violated the Constitution by removing the Prime Minister, appointing a new Prime Minister and dissolving Parliament and added that he had acted against democratic principles by proroguing Parliament.


  • Says Prez cannot defy court decisions

He said the President wanted the first clause of the No-Confidence Motion brought against the Government and the Prime Minister removed as it could hold him guilty of violating the Constitution.“The court has accepted the No-Confidence Motion passed in Parliament whereas the President refused to accept it. The President cannot defy Court decisions.  He was  already found guilty of violating the Constitution,” he said.

He said President Sirisena had got Mahinda Rajapaksa faction to bring in NCM against former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and now he was using UNP to bring in NCM against Mahinda Rajapaksa.
“Rajapaksa should at least now realize this situation,” he said.

MP Herath said Mahinda Rajapaksa faction was boycotting Parliament to evade their true numbers in Parliament being revealed by making false allegations against the Speaker.



Rejecting claims that President can approve funds for three months, he said it was not so and said it was possible only if Parliament was dissolved when a budget was not passed.