Speaker can’t take President’s power to appoint a Prime Minister: Nimal Siripala

Nov 13, 2018 (LBO) – Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva says that the Speaker cannot take the powers of the President and move to appoint a Prime Minister.

“Even if he appoints a purported Prime Minister it will be a nullity, that has no force in law,” de Silva said at a special press conference held at the Prime Minister’s office.

“The President has already appointed a Prime Minister and he will continue. But there is only one way in which the Prime Minister could be thrown away from his office. That’s by way of a no-confidence motion,”

“If the correct procedure is not followed and just making a statement saying raise hands and take a vote without a proper no-confidence motion, the Prime Minister cannot be put out of his office.”

Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said they are ready to request the Supreme Court to appoint a fuller bench to hear and determine the case challenging the dissolution of Parliament.