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Supreme Court concludes hearing on whether Sirisena can hold office for 6 years

Sri Lanka's Supreme court concluded its hearing on Thursday over whether the Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena could hold his office for 6 years from the 9th January 2015, when he was sworn in as president. 

Mr Sirisena had written to the Supreme Court asking if he could extend his term to 6 years, despite the 19th Amendment to the constitution stipulating that a president's term should not exceed 5 years. 

The Amendment, brought in by the unity government, was heralded as a sign of its 'good governance' measures. 

The Supreme Court hearing included five judges:Justices Eva Wanasundera, Buwaneka Aluvihare, Sisira de Abrew and K.T Chithrasiri. Colombo Page reported. 

The Attorney General, Jayantha Jayasuriya told the court as Mr Sirisena had been sworn in prior to the enactment of the Amendment, he could hold office for 6 years. 

 

*Article corrected to reflect that Supreme Court's hearing concluded on Thursday. The decision will be conveyed to the president.