Dec 04, 2018

President has no option, should appoint Ranil as PM - UNF Featured

President Maithripala Sirisena has no option other than appointing Ranil Wickremesinghe as the prime minister, the UNF says.

It is a secondary consideration as to whether the president can work with Wickremesinghe or not, said UNF MP Dr. Jayampathy Wickremaratne at a media briefing at Temple Trees yesterday (03).

Wickremaratne noted that even in the past, the premiership had been given to persons whom the presidents did not like.

Cases in point were D.B. Wijetunga appointing Chandrika Kumaratunga in 1994, Kumaratunga appointing Wickremasinghe in 2001 and Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2004, according to him.

What matters is the majority opinion and personal considerations do not come into play, said the MP.

Violating the constitution, a serious offence

He went onto note that sub clause 42 (4) of the constitution, the only provision in the appointment of a prime minister says the president should decide, upon proof, as to who commands the confidence of a parliamentary majority.

Pointing out that the UNF has nominated Wickremesinghe to the position and that the TNA wants the situation reverted back to the situation that existed before October 26, he said there is no other option for the president.

If he did not do that, the president will commit the serious offence of violating the constitution, Wickremaratne added.

However, president Sirisena told UNF leaders at a meeting last night that he would not appoint Wickremesinghe as the PM even if all the 225 MPs presented sworn affidavits calling for the same.