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President has no moral right to extend term of office: Basil

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Former Minister and Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) frontliner Basil Rajapaksa has stated that President Maithripala Sirisena has no moral basis to extend his term for six years when he has made a commitment to reduce the term in the run up to the elections.

He was addressing a news conference. He went on that President Sirisena had claimed during his presidential election campaign that he would reduce the term of presidency to four years and would not seek to stay for six years. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had also served for four years as the President in his second term of office. In the fourth year former President Rajapaksa went for a presidential election. Even President Sirisena could have gone for an election after four years. Instead, President Sirisena extended the term to five years after the enactment of the 19th Amendment. Irrespective of the legal background, it was not morally appropriate for President Sirisena to do so considering his pre-election promises. The legal background of this situation will be decided by the Courts and we have complete faith in it. However it is certain that the legislation will not allow it.

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