Articles by Karu

What happened to Maithiri’s assassination plot?

12th November 2018 // 0 Comments

The People’s Movement for a Just Society says the President can now carry out an extensive investigation over the alleged assassination plot of VVIPs revealed by Namal Kumara. Chairman of the Movement Professor Sarath Wijesuriya speaking at a conference in Colombo said the relevant investigations can be carried out promptly as the Sri Lanka Police is now under the President. Wijesuriya questioned why the matter wasn’t been spoken of now, as the President now has the ability to carry out investigations that were neglected in the past. He added such actions show President Maithripala Sirisena acted in an unethical manner against the law and violated the Constitution. Professor Sarath Wijesuriya further said the President must be defeated with the public mandate as he has violated the Constitution. […]

Eight Western diplomats shun meeting with Sri Lanka minister on political crisis

12th November 2018 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Eight Western countries stayed away from a meeting with Sri Lanka’s government on Monday to register their protest against President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve parliament, diplomatic and government sources said. Japanese officials have said they will halt a $1.4 billion soft loan for a light rail project while the United States is holding off on a $480 million infrastructure grant until the political crisis is resolved and democratic rights are restored. The EU has warned it could withdraw trade concessions if Sri Lanka backs off commitments on rights. Sri Lanka has been in political turmoil since Sirisena fired Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last month and appointed a pro-China former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, in his place.   Foreign Minister Sarath Amunugama called […]

We will form a broader and fresh alliance to save Sri Lanka: Ranil

12th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Nov 12, 2018 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s ousted Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the political parties of United National Front are expecting to form a new political alliance. Releasing a special statement Wickremesinghe said they are currently discussing about building a broader people’s organization to save the country from the current situation. Wickremesinghe criticized the President for dissolving the Parliament unconstitutionally. Meanwhile, former Parliamentarian S M Marikkar says that UNP party members are of the view that party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe should step down making the way for Sajith Premadasa to become party leader. Speaking at a press conference held at Temple Trees yesterday, Marikkar added that former Premier Wickremesinghe led the party for more than 24 years and the people are now requesting a […]

With the political situation heating up, there is now a very real risk of violence.

11th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Dear Friends, Sri Lanka has just been plunged yet deeper into a crisis of democracy, after President Sirisena announced late yesterday evening that he was dissolving the country’s Parliament. You can read our blog piece about what’s just happened, and what it means, here. It is the latest in a string of illegal and unconstitutional moves by the President, which began a fortnight ago with the attempt to dismiss serving Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinge and replace him with Mahinda Rajapaksa, an alleged war criminal responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of his own citizens. The dissolution of Parliament is a sign that that initial plan – which we and many others have described as an attempted coup – is failing. Despite the use of threats and […]

Screw President, we won’t be joining Pohottuwa – Amunugama, Amaraweera, Duminda to have a firm stand

11th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakshe, who happens to be a traditional loyalist to Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), left the party his father helped building up and took the official membership of Sri Lanka People’s Front (Pohottuwa) established only recently. Earlier, several young members of the SLFP including Namal Rajapakshe left the party and took membership of the Pohottuwa, while another group of old members of the SLFP had done the same. By now, the number of former parliamentarians who took membership of the Pohottuwa by abandoning SLFP has exceeded 50. It has been reported recently that Mahinda’s aim is to push ahead for the upcoming elections through Pohottuwa symbol, and as of now the reports have been turned out to be true. However, many former […]

Will SC would nullify Prez’s order to dissolve the parliament?

11th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Within the background of several petitions to SC against the legality of dissolution of parliament, I must say that this change of party membership has to be viewed with lots of skepticism about possible threat to the independence of the justice in general & of the SC in particular. That is b’cos, SC decision on the said issue has direct implications on the mp positions. According the constitution, mp s are required to stay within the original party until parliament is dissolved and therefore, if the SC nullified the Prez order to dissolve the parliament, any mp who change party membership will lose their mp position. SLPP is not even an accepted party in the current parliament nor is it a member of UPFA until […]

Mahinda and 40 SLFP MPs joining SLPP – Maithiri and SLFP in the bin

11th November 2018 // 0 Comments

By Shamindra Ferdinando Former Kalutara District MP Rohitha Abeygunawardena yesterday said that the decision had been taken after carefully studying the ground realities. The former MP acknowledged the impact their action could have on the SLFP. The PM went ahead with his anticipated move in spite of strong attempts by the SLFP to discourage them obtaining SLPP membership. A smiling Abeygunawardena said that he too along with many other former lawmakers would take SLPP membership today (Nov 11). The Island raised the issue at a special media briefing called by SLPP Chairman Prof. G. L. Peiris at the Prime Minister’s Office at Flower Road yesterday about an hour before former MPs were to take SLPP membership. Asked by The Island whether the move could undermine […]

Muralitharan says Upcountry Tamils don’t want Democracy or Human Rights but FOOD.

11th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Muralitharan’s paternal grandfather Periyasamy Sinasamy was brought by British as working slaves from South India to work in the tea plantations of central Sri Lanka in 1820 hence it seems that the blood of being a working Indian slave runs in Murali. It is claimed that Mura’s great parents or other Upcountry Tamils who were brought in 1820 as working slaves to  work in the tea Plantation by the British were only concerned about food and must not think about Human Rights or Democracy because the Sinhala majority will not give equal rights to the minority in Sri Lanka. The Sinhalese have not given equal rights to Northern Tamils or Muslims who have been living since 1200 to 1101 BC hence it is difficult to accept that the Sinhala […]

Desperate dissolution

10th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Elections on 5 January The nomination period will be from 19 November to 26 November New parliament to meet on 17 Jan. Gazette signed by President after Govt. Printers brought under his purview  UNP slams move, says word ‘Democratic’ should be removed from country name  Elections Commissioner says ready to go the distance  JVP calls on EC to act constitutionally, seek SC opinion      By Chathuri Dissanayake and Uditha Jayasinghe  In an act that smacked of political desperation after it became evident his party may not be able to show majority in the House, President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday dissolved Parliament with elections likely to be held on 5 January. The Gazette, which was sent by the Attorney General’s Department on Friday evening, was signed by President Sirisena, confirmed […]

What Next After Shitisena Shits On Sri Lanka?

10th November 2018 // 0 Comments

By Kumar David – Prof. Kumar David I will not waste my ink reigning curses on the heads of madmen; millions are doing it. I will dwell on the Elections Commissioner’s (EC) dilemma. He seems to have asked the Supreme Court (SC) to rule on constitutionality; if so the following are possible scenarios. 1. The SC refuses to get involved (ducks making a clear-cut ruling). EC should then go ahead and hold elections as instructed. He absolutely should not do anything that can be used by the madman as an excuse for replacing him by some slime-ball sycophant. 2. The SC gives a determination. I can think of three options.  a) It holds that the dissolution is NOT unconstitutional. An incredibly bad judgement but nothing is impossible these days when […]

Maithripala Sirisena Dissolves Parliament in an act of Political Desperation After It Became Evident He had No Majority in the House.

10th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Millions of Rupees and Ministerial posts were offered by Mahinda Rajapakshe Party to cross over. The Sri Lankan community can be proud of 1. JVP MP’s – Who were ‘NOT FOR SALE’ and did NOT even entertain any offers. 2. UNP MP’s – Majority who were offered bribes but refused to take 3. TNA, Muslims and Upcountry Tamil Parties refused the bribes and stood firm  Maithripala Sirisena Dissolves Parliament in an act of Political Desperation After It Became Evident He had No Majority in the House. By Chathuri Dissanayake and Uditha Jayasinghe In an act that smacked of political desperation after it became evident his party may not be able to show majority in the House, President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday dissolved Parliament with elections likely […]

We are going to the Supreme Court first thing in the morning on Monday, November 12,” said TNA MP Sumanthiran

10th November 2018 // 0 Comments

“We are Going to the Supreme Court First Thing in the Morning on Monday November 12” Says TNA Lawyer -Politico MA Sumanthiran as Sri Lanka’s Opposition Parties Resolve to Challenge Dissolution of Parliament. Sri Lanka’s opposition parties are to challenge in the Supreme Court on Monday, the dissolution of the country’s parliament, which was announced late on Friday by President Maithripala Sirisena. “We are going to the Supreme Court first thing in the morning on Monday, November 12,” said M.A.Sumanthiran, opposition Member of Parliament, who is also a top Supreme Court lawyer. Through a gazette notification dated November 9, Lankan President Sirisena dissolved parliament and announced that fresh elections to the House will be held on January 5, 2019, and that the newly elected parliament […]

Bandaranaike’s SLFP to close its Office and change to Rajapakshe’s SLPF

10th November 2018 // 0 Comments

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party was one of the major political parties in Sri Lanka. It was founded by S.W.R.D Bandaranaike in 1951 and, since then, has been one of the two largest parties in the Sri Lankan political arena. Since Mahinda organised the new The Sri Lanka People’s Front, commonly known by its Sinhalese name Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), is a Sri Lankan political front. Previously a minor political party known as the Sri Lanka National Front (SLNF) and Our Sri Lanka Freedom Front (OSLFF), it was relaunched 2016 as the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna and became the home for members of the United People’s Freedom Alliance loyal to its former leader President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Its Ideology are 1. Anti Federalism 2. Social Conservation, 3. Right wing Socialiam 4. Sinhala Nationalism 5. Right wing populism. Namal abandons […]

Intelligence Unit report – Only 68 members in favour of Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe before the no-confidence motion against him.

10th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Tamil MP’s offered 35 Million Rupees, while Sinhale MP’s offered over 50 Million Rupees Another two ministers were on an attempt to resign from their positions and join with the opposition party on 10th.  Only 68 members in favour of Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe before the no-confidence motion against him.  Mr. Rishard Badurdeen and Mr. Rauf Hakeem stated that hey are not ready to be sold out for money.  Intelligence Unit report received to Prime Minister prior to Parliament’s dissolution Reportedly the decision to dissolve the Parliament by the President yesterday (09) night was taken on the basis of receiving a Government’s Intelligence Unit report. The confidential report has revealed that a group of former parliamentarians sided with Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe by now has decided to stand […]

No Election Until Supreme Court Gives Green Light: Mahinda Deshapriya

9th November 2018 // 0 Comments

On Dissolution Of Parliament The Nineteenth Amendment, which was passed with just one Member of Parliament opposing it, reduced the term of Parliament to five years. Provisions that Supreme Court held required a Referendum were amended or dropped. Article 70 of the amended Constitution restricted the power of the President to dissolve Parliament. It now provides that “the President shall not dissolve Parliament until the expiration of a period of not less than four years and six months from the date appointed for its first meeting, unless Parliament requests the President to do so by a resolution passed by not less than two-thirds of the whole number of Members (including those not present), voting in its favour.” Thus, Parliament can now be dissolved by the […]

Ranil was removed to abolish Special HCs and protect Rajapaksas

9th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Ranil removed to abolish Special HCs and protect Rajapaksas – UNP ‘MPs who don’t support Mahinda threatened with death’ by Zacki Jabbar The UNP said yesterday that under the “illegal deal” entered into by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, there was a move to abolish the Special High Courts. Kalutara District UNP MP Ajith P. Perera addressing a press conference, at Temple Trees, said Justice Minister Susil Premajayantha’s remarks that the Special High Courts hearing high profile cases would be abolished , indicated that the main reason for appointing Mahinda Rajapaksa Prime Minister, when Ranil Wickremesinghe was still the legitimate Premier, was to prevent the Rajapaksas and their associates from being prosecuted over serious criminal charges. Perera pointed out that 120 criminal […]

UNP, JVP to go to Supreme Court

9th November 2018 // 0 Comments

The United National Party (UNP) and Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) have decided to go to the Supreme Court against dissolving the parliament. They will be filing a petition on 12 November. According to the 19th Constitution, the parliament can be dissolved only after the completion of four and half years of the government’s tenure, or with 2/3 approval of the parliament, or by defeating a budget proposal. Therefore, dissolving the parliament at this moment is illegal, they said. The decision taken by the President to appoint a new Prime Minister on 26 October was also unconstitutional. Even though they were asked to convene the parliament immediately and resolve the issue, reconvening of the parliament was postponed from 5th to 7th and than to 14th November. But […]

Mahinda-Maithiri only got 105 Votes, so the Parliament is dissolved to avoid embarrassment.

9th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Sri Lanka president short of votes in crisis campaign Colombo (AFP) – Two weeks into a showdown between rival prime ministers, the Sri Lankan president’s party admitted for the first time Friday that it does not have a majority to get its candidate through a parliamentary vote of confidence. President Maithripala Sirisena named authoritarian former president Mahinda Rajapakse as prime minister after sacking Ranil Wickremesinghe on October 26.  Wickremesinghe has since refused to leave the premier’s official residence amid a deepening power struggle. The president also suspended parliament meaning neither of the rivals has been able to pass a vote of confidence. United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said Rajapakse needs at least eight more votes in the 225 member assembly to reach the […]

Parliament dissolved from midnight – Mahinda failed to get 113 MP’s to support him has the NEW PM.

9th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Elections set for January 5th by President Mahinda and Maithiri failed to get the expected 113 MP’s which they have been saying for a week that they have got it.  President Maithiri had postponed the parliment from 5th to 7th and than to 14th of November expecting that they can buy MP’s supporting Ranil. But ‘NOT FOR SALE’ by the  UNP, TNA, Muslims and Upcountry MP’s was not only a shock to the Fraudulent Mahinda – Maithiri group but even to the Sri Lankan public because in the past specially during the rule of Mahinda Sri Lankan MP’s were like dead chickens who will support any fraudulent  contracts for financial gain. MR- MS group was able to buy only 5 MP’s to date and others refused to sell them hence […]

TNA Must Seize This Golden Opportunity

9th November 2018 // 0 Comments

THE PROBLEMS OF THE TAMILS WILL NEVER BE SOLVED BY ANY SRI LANKAN GOVERNMENT UNLESS AND UNTIL UN AND INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY INTERVENE AND ENFORCE AN ACCEPTABLE PERMANENT AND GUARANTEED POLITICAL  SETTLEMENT. By Kumarathasan Rasingam – Kumarathasan Rasingam The current volatile political situation is unprecedented in the political history of Sri Lanka and elsewhere in the world when a country is having two Prime Ministers, one elected by the Parliamentary majority, the other handpicked by a misguided President who has breached the constitutional obligations illegally by sacking the elected Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, when the power of the President for the removal of the Prime Minister was abolished in the 19th Amendment. Tamil National Alliance Party [TNA] with 16 MPs holds the trump card when the rival Prime Ministers wage their […]

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