Term reference to Supreme Court misinterpreted, will abide by ruling - President

Appointment of Presidential Commission on SriLankan, Mihin Air this week

by Zacki  Jabbar

Pledging to wipe out corruption regardless of personalities, President Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday in Akuressa that his reference to the Supreme Court to determine the exact duration of his term in office had been misinterpreted by  some.

Addressing a public meeting, the president  said he had sought a ruling  from the Apex Court due to differing opinions that had been expressed .

Some experts maintained that since  the 19th Amendment  was enacted after the last Presidential Election, the term of office should be six years, while others were of the view that it should be five years, he explained.

"That is why I referred the matter to the Supreme Court. I am prepared to abide by whatever the ruling is," he said.

Srisena revealed  that a  Presidential Commission to investigate the loss making SriLankan Airlines   and Mihin Air, would be appointed this week ,

SriLankan which was a profit making entity under the management of Emirates Airlines nosedived after  former President Mahinda Rajapaksa terminated the contract since the then CEO Peter Hill refused to offload fare paying Business Class passengers to accomodate members of his family who wanted to fly from London to Colombo .

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