Sri Lanka political crisis spreads to Bar Association

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s political crisis has spread to the Bar Association with some members calling for a special general meeting to discuss a motion alleging that its President U R de Silva had violated its own constitution by publicly defending a dissolution of parliament by the country’s President without prior sanction of its Council.

Several parties had gone to court saying that President Maithripala Sirisena had violated Sri Lanka’s constitution by dissolving parliament. Courts had issued an interim order suspending the decision.

The motion was handed over to the Secretary of the Association on November 21 callin for a meeting within seven days.

The members alleged that its President had breached Articles 9.1 (e) and 9.1 (b) of the BASL constitution by expressing personal opinions on a matters which required prior approval.

Article 9 (e) says The President shall not express either in public or for publication or to any public authority his personal views on any matter pertaining to the objects of the Association set out in Article 2 except with the prior approval of the Executive Committee.

The members wrote that the matter fell within Article 2. (Colombo/Nov21/2018)

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