Unconstitutional, says Lanka Tamil MP
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Unconstitutional, says Lanka Tamil MP

A Sri Lankan MP has described as unconstitutional and liable to challenge the dissolution of Parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena when it has two years tenure left.

Tamil National Alliance member of Parliament and lawyer M A Sumanthiran has said the President has no power to dissolve the House before it has completed four half years of its five-year term.

In a statement, has said that after the 19th amendment to the Constitution, Parliament alone has the power to opt for early election and send a recommendation to the President. Even this decision should have the support of two-thirds of the members.

Main opposition United National Party spokesman Harin Fernando, without going into details said the decision is unconstitutional and his party will go to the people to restore democracy.

Sirisena had come under increased pressure from the United States, the United Nations and the European Union to allow Parliament to vote on which of the two Prime Ministers, Ranil Wickeramasinghe or Rajapakse, should form a government. In a joint statement with Norway and Switzerland, the EU also called for Parliament to reconvene and hold an immediate vote.

Following this, Sirisena agreed to convene it on Nov 14 for the trust vote. When it became evident that Rajapakse would lose, Sirisena dissolved Parliament and ordered snap poll in order to save his face.

Washington said Sirisena’s latest move would further deepen the political crisis.

While the west has been swift in its response to the crisis, New Delhi is yet to officially react. Its silence has infuriated political parties in Tamil Nadu with Leader of the Opposition M K Stalin calling on India to intercede to restore democracy.