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Dr Bandula Gunawardena on re-summoning old Parliament:

President has no wish to violate Constitution

Co-Cabinet Spokesman Information and Communication Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardena reiterated President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s stance on opposition demand to reconvene the dissolved Parliament, claiming that the President would not violate the Constitution since he has no authority to summon a dissolved Parliament.

“He only can summon Parliament only to announce emergency law. But the President has very clearly mentioned he has no such need,” he said responding a question by a journalist regarding the letter written to the President by former Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera requesting him to summon Parliament as soon as possible.

Quoting the Article 150 (3) of the Constitution, the Minister said that where the President dissolves Parliament before the Appropriation Bill for the financial year has passed into law, he may, unless Parliament shall have already made provision, authorize the issue from the Consolidated Fund and the expenditure of such sums as he may consider necessary for the public services until the expiry of a period of three months from the date on which the new Parliament is summoned to meet.

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