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British High Commissioner slams ‘deplorable behaviour’ of Sri Lankan MPs

17th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Britain’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka criticised the “deplorable behaviour” of Sri Lankan lawmakers as a second day of violence engulfed the chamber on Friday. “Today Sri Lankans have again seen deplorable behaviour by some MPs, unbecoming of them and of their noble institution,” said James Dauris in a tweet following Friday’s violence. “No parliament can perform its role when its own members stop it from doing so.” The British statement comes amidst a deepening political crisis in Sri Lanka which has left Colombo in political turmoil. Related Articles:  16 November 2018 : Chilli powder and chairs hurled at police as violence continues in Sri Lanka’s parliament

Cannot accept how majority shown today: President

17th November 2018 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena who supports Mahinda a moment ago had informed the United National Front (UNF) that he cannot accept the manner in which the opposition including UNF demonstrated majority’s support in Parliament today (16). The President had pointed out that the Parliament session was held, amid abusive environment in the Parliament, without adhering to Parliamentary traditions and violating standing orders. The videos clearly shows that the Mahinda faction was causing the trouble by occupying the speakers chair, through Chilli powder and water bottles at the UNP MP’s, assaulting the police officers and causing damage to government properties. The President who supports Mahinda who has only 93 MP’s support against the 122 MP’s supporting Ranil had further added that he will continue to recognize Mahinda Rajapaksa as […]

‘Disgraceful’ incident in Parliament ‘shames’ the nation – Ranil

17th November 2018 // 0 Comments

UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the “disgraceful incident” today at the Parliament, is an incident that shames the whole nation and has to be condemned in the harshest possible terms. “This is a blow to democracy. It is a blow to all of us who are voters of Sri Lanka in whom the sovereignty lies,” he said speaking at a press briefing in parliament after its adjournment. Parliament descended into chaos for a second day on Friday as MPs representing the government threw books, chili paste and water bottles at the Speaker to try to disrupt a second no-confidence motion. “Today the parliament met after our delegations met the President and he wanted another resolution passed in parliament. We acted according to that decision […]

Sirisena’s brain should be checked if he refused to accept the second no-confidence motion.

17th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Sirisena Reneges On His Promises Again: Refuses To Accept Second NCM Against Rajapaksa President Maithripala Sirisena has reneged on his promises once again, as he has refused to accept the legality of the second no-confidence motion adopted against Mahinda Rajapaksa. At a meeting with Parliamentarians of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) this evening, at the Presidential Secretariat, Sirisena had said he could not accept the second no-confidence motion as his advice had not been followed. Sirisena, at a meeting with party leaders, last evening, said he could accept the no-confidence motion minus the first clause. He requested party leaders to pass an ‘amended ‘ no-confidence motion and promises that he had no issue about accepting the will of the legislature. Upon Sirisena’s promise, the party leaders today […]

No Confidence Motion Against MAHINDA Passed Again Amid Severe Interruptions by SLPP MP’s.

17th November 2018 // 0 Comments

The No Confidence Motion against Mahinda Rajapaksa and the cabinet was passed for the second time amidst severe disruptions by UPFA MPs, a short while ago. The UPFA MPs staged a protest in the House without allowing the daily proceedings to take place. UPFA MP Arundika Fernando took over the Speaker’s Chair and prevented Speaker from conducting a vote by name. At that point, the Speaker conducted a voice vote, without the first clause of the No Confidence Motion against Rajapaksa moved by JVP two-days ago. Today it was again moved by the JVP. The Speaker was shielded by a large number of Police officers who entered into the House. The Speaker conducted the proceedings standing in the aisle, surrounded by a chain of officers guarding him […]

President informed after no-confidence motion against govt passed – Speaker

17th November 2018 // 0 Comments

No-faith motion passed in House for 2nd time: JVP – Daily Mirror – Sri … Mahinda Rajapaksa’s govt has ceased to exist – Hakeem Jathika Hela Urumaya leader Patali Champika Ranawaka said that the no-confidence motion was passed legally, in line with what was expected by the President. Vote reaffirms MAHINDA has no majority: TNA | FT Online – Daily FT The second clause of the motion of no-confidence against the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the government has been passed in the Parliament today (16) according to the parliamentary Standing Orders, the Office of the Speaker said. Issuing a press release, it said that the motion has been presented to the Parliament by MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake and seconded by MP Vijitha Herath. This […]

Sri Lanka parliament amends no confidence motion

17th November 2018 // 0 Comments

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s parliament has amended a no-confidence motion against Mahinda Rajapaksa removing reference to gazettes issued by President Maithripala Sirisena. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya arrived in parliament under heavy police security, and took a voice vote as Rajapaksa loyalists ran off with the speaker’s chair they were sitting on. He asked for a proposal on amending an original motion of no-confidence motion against Mahinda Rajapaska passed earlier in the week. Opposition leader R Sampanthan said amendment changed the motion, and once against re-affirmed that parliament had no confidence in him. Patali Ranawaka said the amendement also resolved that the cabient of ministers stood dissolved under the constitution. Speaker Jayasuriya carried on the vote, surrounded by a police cordon using a wireless mike. United National […]

Presidential,General Elections can be held simultaneously after Parliament dissolved constitutionally

17th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Minority government can exist, only if there is no opposition to it – Ranil …Presidential,General Elections can be held simultaneously after Parliament dissolved constitutionally by Zacki Jabbar Ranil Wickremesinghe who maintains that that he is the legitimate Prime Minister, told a United National Front ( UNF) rally in Colombo yesterday,that a minority government could exist,only if there was no opposition to it. He said that President Maithripala Sirisena had tried to justify the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister on October 26,though he (Ranil) was the legitimate Prime Minister, by referring to the situation that existed on January 8, 2015, but that comparison was wrong, since unlike then,the majority of MPs were now opposed to Rajapaksa functioning as the Premier and had demonstrated that […]

Parliament adjourned until Nov 19

16th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Police enter Parliament chamber The Speaker has announced that the Parliament will be adjourned until November 19. He said that the parliament will reconvene at 1.00 p.m. on that date. Reportedly, the Speaker has taken a vote on the removal of Clause 01 of no-confidence motion by voice instead of names. The parliament reconvened this afternoon (16) for the consecutive date, however due to the tense situation that emerged within the House, commencing the parliamentary session was obstructed. Police personnel had entered the Parliament chamber to control the situation due to the protest by government MPs, who are obstructing the commencement of the parliamentary session. However, the government MPs gathered near the chair and protesting, while also occupying the chair prevented the police officers from […]

Mahinda refuses to leave PM’S Chair although he has only 96 MP’s support him.

16th November 2018 // 0 Comments

2.00: The parliamentary  session which was scheduled to be commenced at 1.30 pm today is getting delayed because of the demonstration which is being held inside the house by Mahinda’s MP’s who are unable show 113 Mp’s to support them. Mahinda group only has 96 MP’s of the 225 MP’s to support them, so they have no choice than to disrupt the parliament to stay in the power. Mahinda is refusing to leave the PM’S Chair although most of the MP’s dont support him, his SLPP MP’s are refusing the parliament to carry on with the session. Commotion in parliament The parliamentary  session which was scheduled to be commenced at 1.30 pm today is getting delayed because of the demonstration which is being held inside […]

Malwathu Mahanayake urges President to convene Parliament

16th November 2018 // 0 Comments

The Mahanayake of the Malwathu Chapter, Venerable Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera today requested President Maithripala Sirisena to convene Parliament and find a solution to end the current political instability in the country. In a letter, the Thera said he hoped that the President and the Parliament would be able to come up with solutions which are constitutional and ethical. “Immediate measures need to be taken to prevent the further collapse of the country,” the prelate said in the letter. (Nadeeka Daya Bandara)

UK urged to stop forced returns of Tamils to Sri Lanka

16th November 2018 // 0 Comments

The British Government has been urged to stop all forced returns of Tamils to Sri Lanka from the UK. A senior group of Labour MPs have called on the UK Government to take immediate measures to protect and promote fundamental rights and freedoms for Tamils in Sri Lanka and to stop all forced returns to the island from the UK, in light of the on-going constitutional crisis in the country.  In letters to the Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary, the MPs have raised serious concerns about the potential repercussions for the Tamil community – “who have so often borne the brunt of terrible human rights violations” – following President Sirisena’s attempts to dissolve Parliament and appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister, a man who conducted a reign of […]

Sirisena Wants First Clause Removed From NCM: Requests Party Leaders To Go For A ‘Vote By Name’

16th November 2018 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena, at the meeting with political party leaders, has informed them to take another vote on the No Confidence Motion against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, without its first clause. The first clause says the gazette notifications issued by President Maithripala Sirisena appointing former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister and proroguing Parliament be declared null and void. Sirisena has also informed that he is in a position to accept the verdict of the legislature if the vote is conducted by name, according to Parliamentary traditions and procedures. In return, he has promised that he will not obstruct the functioning of the legislature again by proroguing Parliament. “He said he would not prorogue Parliament again and will support the ‘majority’ group in the house to […]

Shameful Day in Parliament! Mahinda Rajapaksa Sits on Prime Minister’s Chair Defying Speaker’s Ruling

15th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Shameful Day in Parliament! Mahinda Rajapaksa Sits on Prime Minister’s Chair Defying Speaker’s Ruling;Ex-Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala Approaches Karu Jayasuriya Yelling Obsecenities; Brawl Ensues Between MP’s Trying to Attack Speaker and MP’s Trying To Protect Speaker. By Dr.Harsha de Silva Sequence of events that led to the was most shameful day in Parliament. Starting with MR (Mahinda Rajapaksa) forcing himself on the PM chair even after Speaker stating he has lost the no confidence motion yesterday thus he is no longer PM; MR making statement as PM by force; Speaker calling for a vote by name on ‘PM statement’ as per request by Lakshman Kirielle; Thilanga Sumatipala (disgrace to be called an honorable MP) approaches Speaker and starts yelling obscenities at him; Others from his side join […]

Labour MPs pile pressure on UK Government to act on Sri Lanka

15th November 2018 // 0 Comments

A senior group of Labour MPs is calling on the UK Government to take immediate measures to protect and promote fundamental rights and freedoms for Tamils in Sri Lanka and to stop all forced returns to the island from the UK, in light of the on-going constitutional crisis in the country. In letters to the Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary, the MPs have raised serious concerns about the potential repercussions for the Tamil community – “who have so often borne the brunt of terrible human rights violations” – following President Sirisena’s attempts to dissolve Parliament and appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister, a man who conducted a reign of terror during his 10 year rule. The Labour MPs are pressing the Foreign Secretary to consider […]

Come for a vote if you have a spine, Sajith challenges Mahinda

15th November 2018 // 0 Comments

By Charunya Rajakaruna UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa says that, the current crisis is not an issue between political parties. This is an issue between democracy and dictatorship; between civility and incivility; between humanity and inhumanity; between truth and lie, he said. He stated this addressing the UNP rally held near the Lipton roundabout this evening (15). “Some think there had been no big change happened in the past three and half years. However, we saw that we now have an independent judiciary”, said Premadasa. Sajith Premadasa said that they praise, appreciate and respect the Speaker for fearlessly protecting the democracy and the constitution. “You can see that the party who are gained power without a mandate is afraid of elections. That is why they behaved […]

President meets Speaker, UNF, TNA & JVP leaders

15th November 2018 // 0 Comments

A special meeting is currently underway between President Maithripala Sirisena, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and the leaders of the parties that supported the no-confidence motion brought against the Prime Minister and the government in Parliament. Leaders of the United National Front (UNF), Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Janatha VImukthi Peramuna (JVP) are participating in the meeting with the President, which is taking place at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo. The issue over the no-confidence motion, against the PM and Cabinet appointed by the President, as well as the political crisis prevailing in the country is expected to be discussed during the meeting. The move comes in the wake of the letter sent by the President to the Speaker of the House accusing the latter of “ignoring […]

Battle has started and both sides appeal to their masses in a language filled with militaristic flavor as if a civil war is on the door step.

14th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Dr Vickramabahu Karunarathne Sirisena and Mahinda, though one time clashed violently complaining that other is planning death,  were both brought up in populism soaked in Sinhala racism against the upper class, English-speaking, liberal Ranil. This political division is fundamental and irreconcilable. At the bottom of it all was the surge of personal relations between Ranil and Sirisena.  Given their class backgrounds, and also their political divisions which continues to have deep relevance in the country, was unavoidable. That means, the current crisis was written into the script, compelled by Sinhala fascism from the day Sirisena defeated incumbent ex-boss Mahinda in the presidential polls of January 2015. He grudgingly and swore in Ranil as Prime Minister in a politically amoral way as his action now has […]

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