The Supreme Court has informed the President's Office that the new term of his six year second term will begin from the date of his swearing in and that could take place within two weeks of November 19, 2010.
A Bench of seven Supreme Court judges gave this ruling.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday consulted the Supreme Court under Article 129 of the Constitution for its opinion on the commencement of the second term in office.
The Bench comprised Chief Justice Asoka de Silva, Justices Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake, Jagath Balapatabendi, K. Sripavan, P.A. Rathnayake PC, Chandra Ekanayake and S.I. Imam.