Good governance started with bad precedent - Former CJ

Good governance started with bad precedent - Former CJ

May 27, 2015   12:51 pm

Former Chief Justice of Sri Lanka Sarath N. Silva says that good governance cannot be established in a country within just 100 days and that it will never exist under jungle law.

The theme of the government elected on January 8 was to implement good governance in 100 days. If good governance can be implemented in 100 days, the world’s political history is an absolute lie, he said.  

“Good governance cannot be created even within a lifetime,” he said, speaking at an event in Colombo on Tuesday.

Silva further said that he “regretfully” voted for Maithripala Sirisena who was elected as President on January 08, because he saw the risks. “But I am against Mahinda Rajapaksa contesting for the third time.”

He stated that the most important aspect of good governance is for governance existing according to the law. “Good governance will never exist under jungle law.”

The former Chief Justice said he had asked how the President appointed a Prime Minister when there was already a Prime Minister serving.  

He said that as soon as he was sworn in the President had signed a letter sacking the Prime Minster and put that letter inside a file. Only after that was the new Prime Minister appointed.

“So, good governance started with setting of a bad precedent,” he said.


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