BASL explains legal state following Prez’s resignation

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The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has explained the necessary course of action due to be followed upon the resignation of both the President and the Prime Minister.

Speaking at a media briefing held this afternoon (10), BASL President President’s Counsel (PC) Saliya Pieris noted that in order to vacate from his Presidency, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will initially have to submit a letter regarding the matter to Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene.

Later, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is to take over the position of Presidency, as per the Constitution.

If, however, Wickremesinghe is unable to take over, it is then the Speaker who shall take over temporarily, for a period of one month, PC Pieris explained.

Within that month, the Parliament will be required to elect a President for the remaining period of the former President’s tenure, with the elected MP needing to secure over 50% of the votes.

With regards to Premier Wickremesinghe and his potential resignation, PC Pieris noted that he will have to hand in a letter of resignation to the President.

PC Pieris urged, however, that the required steps be taken as soon as possible without any delay, emphasising that Sri Lanka “cannot remain instable for a long period of time”.