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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 - 13:25
The AG informs the Supreme court the dissolution of parliament is constitutional and, request to dismiss all petitions against it
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The Attorney General, Jayantha Jayasuriya stated before the Supreme Court today that the Presidents move to dissolve parliament is in line with executive powers vested in him by the Constitution.

Making submissions with regard to the petitions filed against the dissolution of parliament, the Attorney General said the decision taken by the President to dissolve parliament under Article 33/2 of the Constitution is legitimate.

 He also said that no Article of the Constitution limits such executive powers of the President.

The Attorney General pointed out that the President has employed such powers vested in him, enabling him to dissolve parliament.

Submitting his opinion, the Attorney General requested the Superior Court to dismiss all petitions as it the4 move has been carried out in compliance with the Constitution.

The second day of hearings, which began at 10 this morning, took place before chief justice Nalin Perera, Justice Prasanna Jayawardana and Justice Priyantha Jayawardana.

Meanwhile, 5 petitions were filed in favour of and 5 petitions were filed against the presidents decision.

Those petitioners who were in favour of the move, were namely Ministers, Udaya Gammanpila, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, SLPP Chairman, Emeritus Professor GL Peries, Attorney-at-law, Premanath Dolawatta and Professor Channa Jayasumana .

Security at the Superior Court complex was tightened due to todays hearing.

Several political party representatives were also present at the court premises to witness the hearing.

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