The Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna (SLPP) has dealt a body blow to President Maithripala Sirisena’s reported plans to conduct a non-binding referendum calling for a Parliamentary election before the scheduled presidential poll.
The SLPP’s nominal leader Prof. G. L. Peries told a press conference this morning (17) that the President does not have the power to dissolve Parliament for four-and-a-half years as ruled by the Supreme Court last year under the 19th Amendment.
He said that getting the people’s approval to dissolve Parliament would be meaningless and a waste of government money, he added.
The United National Party has also opposed the idea of a referendum. This places the two biggest political formations in the country against the President’s idea.
Both parties want a presidential poll first, according to the schedule.