President’s official term is 5 years- Supreme Court
The Supreme Court has informed President Maithripala Sirisena that his official term is five years.
The announcement was made by the President’s Media Division in a message on Twitter.
The President had requested the Supreme Court’s interpretation on whether his official term was five or six years according to the 19th Amendment.
The interpretation pertaining to Article 32 of the Constitution, on the Executive President’s term was deliberated by a five member Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Priyasath Dep and Judges Eva Wanasundera, KT Chitrasiri, Buwaneka Aluwihare and Sisira De Abrew last Thursday.
In a letter, Registrar of the Supreme Court MM Jayasekara directed the Sri Lanka Bar Association to take action based on the request made by President Maithripala Sirisena.
The President made the inquiry in terms of Article 129(1) of the Constitution and has referred whether in terms of provisions of the Constitution, the President having assumed office in terms of Article 32(1) of the Constitution on the 9th of January 2015, has any impediment to continue in the office of President for a period of 6 years, from the 9th of January 2015 – the date on which the result of his election to the office of President was declared.
Following the enactment of the 1978 Constitution, two six-year terms were assigned to an Executive President.
However following the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the term of the Executive was reduced to five years.