SC interpretation on President’s term of officewill be directed before the 14th...

SC interpretation on President’s term of officewill be directed before the 14th of this month

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The Supreme Court has informed that its interpretation on the term of office of the President would be directed before the 14th of this month. President Maithripala Sirisena has sought a clarification from the Supreme Court whether there is a constitutional impediment for him to serve in office for a period of six years.
Oral lectures submitted in favour and against the President seeking the opinion of the Supreme Court were completed in the presence of the five judge bench. In this instance the Supreme Court ordered seven intermediate parties to make written submissions with respect to the clarification sought.
The President took oaths for a period of six years on January 09 in the year 2015 before the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. According to the 19th Amendment the term of office of the President has been limited to five years.
But Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya told the Supreme Court today that since President Maithripala Sirisena had taken oaths before this amendment, this law does not have an impact on him. The Attorney General said that no mention has been made in the Constitutional Amendment that it is a law which has a retrospective effect.
The people have exercised their universal franchise an elected the President for a period of six years and the Attorney General has emphasized that reducing that term will have an impact on the sovereignty of the people.
A five judge bench including Chief Justice Priyasath Dep is considering this matter.