Sri Lankan political coup: Rajapakse makes bogus promises to ease social crisis

9th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Nov 08 (WSWS) Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse, installed in a political coup on October 26, has also appropriated the post of finance and economic affairs minister. Last week, in a bid to deflect the opposition of working people, he announced cosmetic measures to ease the economic and social crisis facing workers, peasants and the poor. Rajapakse is trying to paint himself as “people-friendly” in contrast to Ranil Wickremesinghe who was unconstitutionally sacked as prime minister by President Maithripala Sirisena. In fact, whichever faction of the Sri Lankan ruling class finally consolidates power in the ongoing bitter political struggle, it will certainly deliver further blows to the living conditions of working people. On Monday, Mangala Samaraweera, former finance minister, responded to Rajapakse’s announcement by warning that […]

UK should NOT interfere in our affairs we have Bribed and know how to bribe the British MP’s.

8th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Minister of National Integration, Reconciliation, and Official Languages Vasudeva Nanayakkara today slammed Speaker Karu Jayasuriya for meeting diplomats in Parliament, after Parliament was prorogued. In a media statement the Minister said that he was “shocked” that the Speaker entertained diplomats in his Parliament office after Parliament was prorogued, including the Ambassadors of the US and UK. He noted that the US and UK had recently raised concerns over the alleged unconstitutional changes by President Maithiri and said that this was affairs of our state and they should not interfere.  A supporter said that these US and UK Governments did not oppose or take any meaningful action against the Mahinda government when more than 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed and more than 1000 LTTE leaders and their […]

Situation Report: Desperate Sirisena Contemplates Illegal Dissolution Of Parliament As Numbers Game Collapses

8th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Running out of options President Maithripala Sirisena is getting ready to push Sri Lanka to the brink of lawlessness by dissolving Parliament unconstitutionally on Wednesday night Colombo Telegraph learns. If not on Wednesday night, President Sirisena is contemplating dissolution on Thursday the sources claimed. On Wednesday afternoon Sirisena met with a group of lawyers to discuss his options as political party after political party declined his requests to join the Rajapaksa Government or at least abstain on a Parliament vote of no confidence against Rajapaksa. Some reports also said he had summoned Chief Justice Nalin Perera to discuss the constitutionality of the move. It was not confirmed if Chief Justice answered the summons. The President can refer questions to the Supreme Court on constitutional matters but officially and not by summoning […]

Offering ”A Ministerial Portfolio and Rs. 200 Million” to get MP’s support was NOT a Bribe says Mahinda group.

8th November 2018 // 0 Comments

SB Dissanayake Admits he Offered UNP MP Palitha Range Bandara 200 Million Rupees and Cabinet Minister Portfolio and Says Making Such Offers are not Bribes. Minister S.B.Dissanayake today admitted that the UPFA had only the support of 105 MPs at the moment but said they were ready to show 116 on the 14th, the day Parliament reconvenes after prorogation. Addressing a news briefing, Minister Dissanayake said he was in contact with a number of Parliamentarians of the TNA, SLMC and ACMC to woo them to the UPFA and added he was confident that UPFA would be in a position to show the support of 116 MPs. Minister Dissanayake pointed out that the TNA had disintegrated to four groups and the SLMC and ACMC had also problems. As such the UNP […]

On November 14 – Expect a physical assaults on MP’s in the Parliament

8th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today decided that when Parliament convenes on November 14 the vote on who has majority support to form a Government will be taken. The decision was taken when party leaders met the Speaker today to decide the agenda for November 14.  JVP the True Leaders of the country. JVP MP’s are known for honesty and who truly work for people of Sri Lanka. Mahinda group knew that they will be unable to buy any one from JVP and did not use their full force fearing that JVP will expose to the world if there were any attempt to bribe them. JVP are unpopular in the North and East of Sri Lanka because they have never taken meaningful steps to support to solve the problems […]

Mahinda Unable to get 113 MP’s to Support him.

8th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Mahinda group says NO to Vote on ” Who got 113 Mps?”, but says they have 113 MP’s to support him. This is a scoundrel of a president who had all along been a byword for broken promises ever since he set on that presidential throne . He promised to America, Japan and other powerful countries he would re convene Parliament on the 5 th. and subsequently promised via phone call to the speaker the parliament will resume sittings on the 7 th………………. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Will Allow Suspension of Standing Orders to Enable Vote To Determine Whether Purported Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Has A Majority When Parliament Re-convenes. Parliamentary Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced Wednesday that he will allow a vote on the floor of […]

Mahinda group hits Out at President saying Sirisena Has Made Sri Lanka the Joke Around The world!

8th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Kumar Welgama Hits Out at President saying Sirisena Has Made Sri Lanka the Butt End Of Jokes Around The world and warns the Country is Going Down the Precipice. Former president Mahinda Rajapakse’s Party fired the first salvo against President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday saying his move had crippled the country and demanded that parliament be summoned immediately. Kumar Welgama, a former minister in Rajapaksa’s cabinet, said Sirisena had made Sri Lanka the butt-end of jokes around the world and the issue of the prime minister should be resolved through the legislature. “Our country is going down the precipice. No one is working in government offices,” Welgama told reporters after a meeting with parliamentary officials. “Public servants want to know who the real PM is. […]

”Even if the TNA were to back President Rajapaksa it wouldn’t get anything in return” says Gotha!

7th November 2018 // 0 Comments

This article was Posted on 17th December 2014  Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, taking part in an interview on Derana TV on Monday, defended the government much better than most ruling party politicians who make a lot of noise in dramedies that are political debates but leave the viewers unconvinced and disappointed in the end. He, as usual, tore into the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which, he said, remained committed to a separate state and had a visceral antipathy towards President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Interestingly, a discerning viewer phoned in to inquire from the Defence Secretary whether the government, having raked the TNA over the coals, would not find itself in a dilemma if that party ever decided to offer its support to President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Gotabhaya, who […]

”Delaying a vote until Mahinda has the majority it needs, Is correct” says Mahinda group

7th November 2018 // 0 Comments

In an interview with The National, Mr Amunugama defended the government of Mahinda Rajapaksa against accusations of the first coup in Sri Lanka’s history, bribing MPs to obtain support in parliament and delaying a vote until it has the majority it needs. “They would have done absolutely the same,” he said, referring to removed prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his supporters, who are operating a parallel government less than two kilometres away. China now controls a deep sea port in Mr Rajapaksa’s home town of Hambantota, giving it a dock for its navy, although Sri Lankan officials say any military use of the port would require its approval. China owns the port on a 99-year lease, which leaves plenty of time for that to change as Sri […]

Buddhist monks march demanding Parliament be reconvened soon

7th November 2018 // 0 Comments

The Maha Sangha yesterday convened to demand President Maithripala Sirisena to reconvene Parliament soon to end the political crisis which has engulfed the island nation for the past two weeks since the abrupt dismissal of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on 26 October by the President. A large group of Buddhist monks gathered near the Buddha statue at Viharamahadevi Park in Colombo and walked to New Town Hall to hold a rally to “reconvene Parliament and honour democracy”. Prior to attending the convention at Town Hall, the Maha Sangha came to Temple Trees and blessed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The Maha Sangha, who chanted Seth Pirith, invoked blessings on Wickremesinghe and proceeded to Colombo New Town Hall where the summit was to be held. President Sirisena […]

UNP claims first battle victory with crossover

7th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Nanayakkara crosses over, says new Govt. illegal as per Speaker’s statement  Says it’s only the beginning Sends instructions to ministries and IGP quoting Speaker’s statement  Informs Government officials of negative repercussions if orders by new appointees are carried out   By Chathuri Dissanayake In a fresh turn in the maze that is the country’s current political crisis, the United National Party (UNP) yesterday made fresh claims over Manusha Nanayakkara’s support, as the ministers of the Cabinet which existed before 26 October 2018 hurried to reclaim office.  Nanayakkara is said to have resigned from his new post as the Deputy Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment in the Sirisena-Rajapaksa Government. With Nanayakkara failing to come before the media to declare his support to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, […]

Karuna’s support for Mahinda worked against him.

7th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Former Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Vice President Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman says that the discussions held with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which aimed at obtaining TNA members’ support for Mahinda Rajapaksa to form a new government, were unsuccessful. He made this statement responding to inquires about his tweet which said that he’s holding discussions with few TNA members with the support of diaspora. He stated that although he requested TNA members to accept ministerial portfolios and serve Tamil people, they refused it. TNA MP Mavai Senathirajah refuses this statement, and says that they have no political commitment with Karuna Amman and did not hold any discussions.

Mahinda fooling the Tamils again.

7th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today appealed to Tamils and Muslims in the country to support him. Speaking at a United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) rally in Battaramulla today, Rajapaksa assured that he will work towards addressing the issues of the Tamils and Muslims which he refused to do so when he was in power from 2004 to 2015. Mahinda has the President of Sri Lanka in 2009 promised to implement 13+ amendment to the constitution of the country which was more than the current constitution if he is allowed to kill the LTTE. The western world leaders believed him and turned away and more than 40,000 Tamil civilians and more than 1,000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with White Flag after UN negotiated […]

US envoy holds talks with TNA

6th November 2018 // 0 Comments

The new US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Alaina B. Teplitz, had talks today with the Tamil National Alliance and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya on the political crisis in the country. The TNA said that Alaina B. Teplitz met Opposition and TNA leader R. Sampanthan and discussed the political situation.  The Ambassador tweeted that she also met the Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya separately to discuss the importance of Parliament reconvening to put an end to the political crisis. She said that the democratic institutions should serve the people of Sri Lanka and let the elected representatives have their say. (Colombo Gazette) Commonwealth tells Sri Lanka to uphold democratic practices  

New Deputy Minister Accept Ranil Wickremesinghe as Legitimate Prime Minister in Accordance With Speaker’s Statement.

6th November 2018 // 0 Comments

UNP Crossover Manusha Nanayakkara Who was Appointed Deputy -Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment Resigns “New” Portfolio Saying he will Accept Ranil Wickremesinghe as Legitimate Prime Minister in Accordance With Speaker’s Statement. Labour and Foreign Employment Deputy Minister Manusha Nanayakkara has resigned from his portfolio. Nanayakkara is expected to support UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. Nanayakkara was first elected to Parliament on the UNP ticket but later chose to support former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. In a strongly worded letter of resignation, Deputy Minister Manusha Nanayakkara informed President Maithripala Sirisena that it was Speaker Karu Jayasuriya’s recognition of UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as the lawful Prime Minister of the country that prompted him to leave the Sirisena-Rajapaksa government. Continue reading ‘UNP Crossover Manusha Nanayakkara Who was Appointed […]

ONE more TNA’s MP bought by Karuna-Mahinda group!

6th November 2018 // 0 Comments

The TNA MP Sivasakthi Anandan who wanted to cross over to Mahinda group said that he will remain independent in the Parliament. It is claimed that due to exposure of ”1 million dollar and ministerial post” offer made by MR-Maithiri to to opposition MP’s in the press TNA MP Anandan who wanted to cross over to Mahinda group had been asked by Mahinda to stay  in TNA and NOT vote in favour of Ranil. Mahinda’s supporter Karuna who is accused of war crime had made statements asking for TNA to support Mahinda or at least stay away from voting in support of Ranil so that Mahinda will gain majority. TNA MP Sivasakthi Anandan is believed working close to Karuna and working against TNA, He will be very […]

Adjournment of Parliament is a serious democratic violation – Back to dictatorship?

6th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Following is an extract of the interview Rauff Hakeem had with BBC Tamil and Sinhala Services at the Parliament. Q: Sri Lanka Muslim Congress has seven members in the Parliament.What is your position on the current political situation? We have called for an immediate convention of the Parliament. Upon our individual and collective requests, the Speaker had arranged today’s discussion. Meanwhile, we have pointed out to him that we have more majority than the requirement. Q: What are the demands you have placed before the Speaker? We have made a collective request that he should take immediate measures to convene the Parliament in order to control the unpleasant situation that has cropped up in the country at present and also to restore justice. Our prime allegation is that the […]

Sirisena Sinks To New Low And Passes Sexual Innuendos At Ranil During UPFA Rally

6th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Sirisena Sinks To New Low And Passes Sexual Innuendos At Ranil During UPFA Rally Sirisena’s Conduct Is A Shameless Disregard Of Political Mandate: Friday Forum An Open Letter To President Sirisena By A Young “Samanala” Sri Lankan An Open Letter To The Chinese Ambassador In Sri Lanka Sirisena Caught Lying About Telephone Conversation With UN Chief: Secretary-General Informs Sirisena To Hold Parliamentary Vote As Soon As Possible

China twisted the arms of the PM Ranil or the President or both of them, not to take any action against Mahinda?

6th November 2018 // 0 Comments

By Gamini Dullewe – Every one of the 6.2 mil who voted Yahapalanaya, is in a quandary why PM Ranil Wikremesinghe nor President Maithripala Sirisena, did not take to task the Rajapaksas for Murder and Fraud with an abundance of evidence displayed in the Media, for the last three and a half years. Majority is dismayed and is despondent, why the Rule of Law was not applied to any one of them, thus allowing them to go scot free. It is my belief, that some hand, very, very powerful, restrained them from taking any action against the Rajapaksas, let alone to convict them but even to try them. This is my  conclusion, that possibly, it is a foreign force that twisted the arms of the PM or the President or both […]

”Basil will show 113 MPs” says Maithri & ”Prez Maithiri promised to show 113 MPs” says Basil

5th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as the Prime Minister without a majority support in the parliament. Although he stated that he will show the support of 113 MPs after the swearing in ceremony, so far Mahinda’s team has failed to do so. Mahinda’s team attracted several MPs offering Rs 500 million money bags and ministerial portfolios; however, it still has not gained the support of 113 MPs. Rs 500 million money bags will be reportedly increased up to Rs 1000 million bags. An MP, who was recently appointed as a minster of the Mahinda Rajapaksa government, asked President Maithripala Sirisena, “Where’re the 113 MPs, sir?” The President angrily responded that he never promised to show 113 MPs’ support. He had further said that […]

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