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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 17.00 GMT
No legal impediment for President to contest for a third term, SC decides


The Supreme Court has unanimously determined that there are no legal impediments for President Mahinda Rajapaksa to seek re-election for a third term as Executive President, Leader of the House and Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva informed parliament today.

The Supreme Court yesterday communicated its opinion to President Rajapaksa on the constitutionality of contesting for a third term under the 18th Amendment to the Constitution.

The President last Wednesday (5) sought the Supreme Courtís opinion on the constitutionality to contest for a third term.
The President made the request in terms of provision 129 (I) of the Constitution.

The Apex Court informed the Bar Association of Sri Lanka of the President's request and asked them to submit any points they have in writing to the Registry of the Supreme Court by Friday, November 7.

Interested parties submitted 38 petitions to the court both in favor and against the President's inquiry. The matter was taken up for consideration on Wednesday by a full bench of judges presided over by Chief Justice Mohan Peiris PC.





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