President has violated Constitution – Sirisena


Former President Maithripala Sirisena charged his successor, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, had violated the Constitution, when appointing UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister last May.

He said it has been clearly stipulated in the Constitution, that an MP, who commands a majority, should be appointed as Prime Minister.

Thus, Sirisena argued that Rajapaksa had flouted the Constitution when he had invited the UNP Leader to take up the post, vacated by former PM Mahinda Rajapaksa.

“In my view, the President has violated the Constitution by appointing Wickremesinghe as PM,” he told a political talk show aired on a private television channel on 21 June.

“Further, the appointment of Wickremesinghe as PM is illegal and all decisions taken by him could be challenged in Court. That is why the SLFP has been calling for the resignation of this Administration and urging an All Party Government, to provide relief to the masses, till such time as an election can be held.”

Sirisena also challenged Wickremesinghe to show that he has a majority, to vindicate the President’s decision.

He added that several foreign envoys with whom he had held talks recently, had said they will bail out Sri Lanka only if a legitimate Government is in place.

They had indicated they do not want to deal with stop-gap regimes or those cobbled together.

The former President stressed the envoys had informed him that they will continue to monitor the political situation till constructive changes take place.

He said the people had lost faith in the Government.

Sirisena opined that the only way out of this mess is to hold a snap General Election. (JK)


  1. MAITHRIPALA SIRISENA , A man with absolutely no shame or indeed any moral standing what so ever. After the bombings in the churches and the deaths of so many innocent people , and his utter lack of action and responsibility , who can take him seriously. I am sorry to say it is him and his like who have brought Sri Lankan politics to the gutter level it now sits at. Is he really so thick as to not understand his time is over , no one who has followed the details of past happenings has 1% faith in him. It is time he returned to the paddy field from whence he came.

  2. How could former president Sirisena make any comment about violation of the constitution by President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, when he himself blantly violated the Constution, by appointing Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister, by removing the then Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasing who had a majority in parliament, and showed it twice in parliament, until the Supreme Court revoked it stating it is against the Constitution. I do not know which world he is living. These are the type of people we had as president. Without making public utterings he must challenge the appointment in a Court of Law. He may be correct now but was he correct that time?

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