Presidentís second term begins Nov 19, 2010
The Supreme Court has ruled that President Mahinda Rajapaksa will
commence his second term on November 19, 2010, informed sources said.
The President will take oaths within two weeks from November 19, 2010,
the sources said.
The ruling follows an application made by President Rajapaksa seeking
a determination from the Supreme Court on the commencement of his second
The determination was arrived at by the full Bench of seven Supreme
Court Judges presided over by Chief Justice Asoka de Silva. President
Rajapaksa on Monday consulted the Supreme Court under Article 129 of the
Constitution for its opinion on the commencement of Presidentís second
term in office.
Attorney General Mohan Peiris, PC submitted that in terms of the
Article 31 of the Constitution, the second term of President Mahinda
Rajapaksa should commence on November 19, this year.
He submitted that President Rajapaksa was first elected to the office
in November 19, 2005.
And he could seek a mandate for the second term after the completion
of four years in office and now he has been re-elected for another six
He submitted that according to the Third Amendment to the
Constitution brought in during the regime of former President J.R.
Jayewardene, in case of the incumbent President being re-elected for the
second term, his/her term should begin in the current or succeeding year
which ever comes earlier, corresponding to the date on which he was
first elected to the office.