President Wickremesinghe claims Constitutional Council is part of the executive
President Ranil Wickremesinghe has sparked a political debate by asserting that the Constitutional Council (CC) is part of the executive branch of government, not the legislature. This statement contradicts the widely held belief that the CC is an independent body that serves as a check on the power of the executive.
Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa challenges Wickremesinghe’s claim
Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa has countered Wickremesinghe’s claim, arguing that the CC is essential for maintaining checks and balances between the three branches of government. He points out that the CC was established specifically to prevent the executive from abusing its power.
Jaffna district parliamentarian Abraham Sumanthiran raises concerns about CC vacancy
Jaffna district parliamentarian Abraham Sumanthiran has raised concerns about the vacant seat on the CC, which has been preventing the body from functioning effectively. He argues that the delay in filling the vacancy is depriving the Tamil people of their rightful representation in the CC.
Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe offers a different perspective
Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has taken a different stance on the CC’s role, suggesting that it is a combination of the executive and legislature. He believes that the CC should operate with a fine balance between the two branches of government.