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President has powers to dissolve Parliament – NALA

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By ITN News Editor November 12, 2018 19:37

President has powers to dissolve Parliament – NALA

The National Alliance for Lawyers Association (NALA) claims that the President has the powers of dissolving Parliament according to the Constitution. Representatives of the Association addressing a news conference held in Colombo said that they reject defining the constitution concealing certain sections of it.
Attorney Manoj Gamage said that they have witnessed everyone in the Opposition including the United National Party talking about the topic clinging on to one clause that is the Article 70 – Sub Article one of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. A serious dispute will arise if anyone attempts to define the essence one clause clinging on to it for their own benefit. They are concealing two clauses criticizing only one clause of the Constitution. In addition to proroguing and summoning the Parliament, the President also has the power of dissolving it. This is quite clearly mentioned in Article 33 Sub Article two C of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. He said he wished to clearly mention to the people of this country the important fact the Opposition is concealing. In Article 33 of Sub Article two C clause of the 19th Amendment it has not been mentioned in any place that the President should exercise his power subject to the limits of Article 70 Sub Article One.
It is clearly stated in Article 62 Sub Article Two of the Constitution that every Parliament will not remain for more than five years from the date of its commencement. But Parliament can be dissolved before its term ends. These two clauses are mentioned in the top and bottom of the same page of the Constitution. He claimed that the Opposition was concealing the clause that it mentioned in the top of the page and talking about Article 70 Sub Article One. This is an opportunity afforded to the people to declare there right. And he mentioned that they were talking about protecting this right. He pointed out that they were making these clarifications with the intention of protecting the Constitution as well as safeguarding the franchise of the people of this country. There is also another significant power of the President in this Constitution. It is the President who has the total power of safeguarding the constitution based on the Constitution.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 12, 2018 19:37
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