No decision yet to handover the government to Gota-Ashok

Former Minister Ashok Abeysinghe is saying that there is no decision yet to handover the government to the new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Speaking to the media yesterday (18 Nov) after the UNF parliament group meeting, the former minister said that according to the 19th amendment the President can’t appoint a PM as he wants, and a new PM can only be appointed if the current PM resigns or if a No-Confidence Motion (NCM) is brought against him.

“But the PM has not yet decided to resign or none of the parties has decided to bring an NCM against him,” he added

Further, he said that in 2015 when Maithripala Sirisena became the president he was able to appoint Ranil Wickremesinghe as the PM only because the 19th amendment did not exist at that time.

Abeysinghe also said that according to the 19th amendment the president cannot hold a ministerial portfolio

The former minister added that the president can only dissolve the parliament after 17 Feb 2020 to call for General Elections.

That is incorrect. According to the constitution the parliament could be dissolved only after 1 March 2019.

Further, he said that if general elections are to be called before the day after which the president has the power to dissolve the parliament dissolution is possible only if MPs vote for it with a two–thirds majority.

But he said most of the MPs in the parliament group were against giving the 2/3 majority for the early dissolution of parliament

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