SRI LANKA NEWS

Proposal for a UNP-TNA-JVP Probation Government!

1st November 2018 // 0 Comments

A senior member of the United National Party told with ‘Lanka News Web’ that a proposal to form a Probation Government based to the grounds of fulfilling the promises made to the public by abolishing the Rajapakshe rule in 2015, with appropriate conditions, has been recommended by several civil organizations. These civil organizations have recommended that the Probation Government, supposedly formed on the basis of achieving people’s expectations of January 08, at an appropriate political target, should be limited into an appropriate period of time. The UNP member further informed that in regard to these recommendations, they hope to carry out discussions with the TNA and the JVP. Nevertheless, the JVP has already made clear in terms of their policies that they will be not […]

Mahinda is politically destroyed, Ranil is not

1st November 2018 // 0 Comments

Did Maithripala Sirisena, who put Mahinda Rajapksa in a greater trouble, do everything for the needs of the country? Or for personal political objectives? The only thing everyone living in Sri Lanka or interested in Sri Lanka’s politics must request from the citizens of the country is to refrain from engaging in any form of violent activity. The number of people who are waiting to take political advantages by triggering violence in the country is gradually increasing. Also, President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision has unexpectedly started to severely damage the country as he took an abrupt decision which should have been taken in several months. This political decision could have been taken completely differently and stealthily, or, in Mr. Sirisena’s words, gentlemanly. One cannot become a […]

Defiant Ranil Steps Out of “Temple Trees” Clad in Bullet-proof Vest

1st November 2018 // 0 Comments

Defiant Ranil Steps Out of “Temple Trees” Clad in Bullet-proof Vest To Address Huge Crowds Demonstrating Against “Attempted Coup” By Maithripala and Mahinda to Retain Power Through Extra-Constutional Means Thousands of protestors yesterday Oct (30) thronged the Liberty Roundabout in an unexpectedly massive show of support for mounting calls on the Speaker of Parliament to reconvene the House and end the constitutional deadlock, even as Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was controversially deposed as Prime Minister last week, stood his ground for a fifth straight day. Speaking to the large crowds gathered outside his official residence, Wickremesinghe used the words “attempted coup” for the first time to speak of his removal,which many legal experts have called illegal and extra-constitutional. “The attempted coup is not a threat to […]

I won’t stay even one hour if Ranil comes back says President

1st November 2018 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena has said that he would neither let the North and East to be merged nor allow the country to be a federal state. He told the SLFP electoral organizers who met him in Colombo that he would have to be killed to get those two done. The President has told the organizers that some groups had been adamant about the merger of the North and East and the formation of a federal state. He has said he would not remain as President even for an hour if Ranil Wickremesinghe was reappointed the Prime Minister. The President has said that he took a bold decision after winning the Presidential election on January 8, 2015 and that the steps he took today were even stronger […]

Sri Lanka’s Tamils are at imminent risk after Rajapaksa’s return – PEARL advocacy director

1st November 2018 // 0 Comments

Article Author:  Mario Arulthas Writing in Al Jazeera, the Advocacy Director for the Washington DC-based People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL), and a Human Rights Fellow at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, Mario Arulthas, urged the international community to take urgent action to protect Tamils in Sri Lanka following the former president’s return to power last week. On October 26, Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and replaced him with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. This sudden challenge to Sri Lanka’s regime blindsided some political observers and members of the international community. To those for whom the political upheaval matters the most, however, it came as no surprise. Mahinda Rajapaksa was feared by political opponents, his critics and the Tamil-speaking people on […]

Int’l community continues to recognize Ranil as legitimate PM – UK MP

31st October 2018 // 0 Comments

U.K. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Tuesday that they are watching the situation in Sri Lanka, which plunged into turmoil when its prime minister was replaced with a former president, with a “great deal of concern”. The Foreign Secretary made these comments in response to a question from Conservative MP Sir Hugo Swire at the House of Commons today (30). Swire inquired as to whether Hunt would point out to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena that his recent actions are a direct contravention of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and also that the international community continues to recognize Ranil Wickremesinghe as the legitimate Prime Minister of the island nation. “When my friend speaks to the President of Sri Lanka later on in the week, […]

Gota ‘blasted’ from Basil’s operation!

31st October 2018 // 0 Comments

Internal sources of the Joint Opposition inform that the supporters of Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapakshe have been devastated with the political game pulled by Mr. Basil Rajapakshe, the founder of the ‘Pohottu’ Party, for making Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe as the Prime Minister using President Maithreepala Sirisena. Accordingly, the sources further inform that the effort, in which Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapakshe worked in effect to present Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe as the Presidential Candidate acquiring retired Army personnel and businessmen, has been totally drained off. That is because Mr. Basil Rajapakshe has made a promise that Mr. Maithreepala Sirisena will be presented as the Presidential Candidate in the upcoming Presidential Election. Accordingly, the group of media, who operated in promoting Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe as the Presidential Candidate, led by […]

Another UNP MP joins Sirisena -Mahinda camp (Total : 5)

31st October 2018 // 0 Comments

Another United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarian joined the Maithripala Sirisena – Mahinda Rajapaksa camp today. UNP MP Dunesh Gankanda was sworn in as the Minister of State for Environment before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today.  Since last Friday five UNP MPs have joined Sirisena. (Colombo Gazette)

UNP MPs bought by China for Mahinda

31st October 2018 // 0 Comments

United National Parliamentarian (UNP) Ranjan Ramanayake today claimed that some UNP MPs have been bought over by China to support Mahinda Rajapaksa. Speaking at the UNP rally in Colombo, Ramanayake warned China not to interfere in the political crisis by funding politicians to switch sides.  He said that the UNP Parliamentarians who switched sides for money should be ashamed. UNP Parliamentarians Vasantha Senanayake and Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe yesterday joined the caretaker Government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette)

11.4 billion rupees Case against Gotabhaya over Avant Garde allegations postponed (and will be closed soon?)

31st October 2018 // 0 Comments

The case filed by the Bribery Commission against Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and seven others has been postponed until February 26th, as ordered by the Colombo Magistrate’s Court. The talk of the town is that this case will be closed soon has Mahinda is back in power has the new PM. Eventually all the cases against the members of Mahinda family and his friends will be closed. When the case called before Colombo Additional Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage, the attorney representing the Bribery Commission informed the Magistrate’s Court that an interim order has been issued by the Court of Appeal to suspend the hearing until 5th December. Accordingly, the Chief Magistrate postponed the hearing until February 26th. The Bribery Commission had filed this case against the former Defense Secretary and […]

Sri Lanka’s civil war ended nearly a decade ago, but Maithili Thamil Chilwen’s barren plot of land still resembles a battlefield.

31st October 2018 // 0 Comments

There is only a mound of dirt where her home once stood in Keppapilavu village in the country’s northeast; the rest is just dirt, gravel, and broken shards of doors and windows from her demolished home. Sri Lanka’s military occupied thousands of hectares of land during and after the country’s bitter 26-year civil war, which came to a brutal end in 2009 when the military crushed remaining Tamil fighters here in the north. Almost a decade later, rights groups say reconciliation between the country’s majority Sinhalese community and its Tamil minority is at a standstill, and occupied land is one glaring example. Thamil Chilwen, an ethnic Tamil, said the military seized her property at the end of the war. It took almost nine years, until earlier this […]

Sri Lanka: Warnings of ‘bloodbath’ as political tensions rise

30th October 2018 // 0 Comments

by Rathindra Kuruwita & Zaheena Rasheed Sacked prime minister’s party calls for protests as speaker warns of possible violence over parliament’s suspension. Colombo, Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka‘s President Maithripala Sirisena has come under increased pressure to allow legislators resolve a power struggle with his sacked prime minister, amid warnings that the country’s deepening political crisis could devolve into a “bloodbath”. The concern over possible violence came on Monday as legislators loyal to removed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called on their supporters to converge on Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, to protest against what they said was a coup by Sirisena. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya urged the president to let Wickremesinghe prove his majority support on the parliament floor. “If we take it out to the streets, there will […]

A crossover is worth 2 m USD? – Who has a majority in parliament?

30th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Maithripala-Mahinda alliance has the support of a total of 100 MPs. The UNP had a total of 102 MPs, including the speaker. TNA which is yet to take a decision, has 16 MPs JVP has 6 MPs and that party has decided to support neither side. A SLFP group decides to become independent A group in the SLFP has decided to function independently, without accepting government positions or privileges, say political sources. They say that going by the dark shadows in the past two to three days it is evident that the dictatorial, family rule of the Rajapaksa regime has made a return. It will be a traitorous act politically to act under Mahinda Rajapaksa’s leadership and policies. This group has informed the president about their […]

We have 116 MPs in our pocket – Mahinda group

30th October 2018 // 0 Comments

On Sunday, the Badulla district MP, Vadivel Suresh met with Mahinda Rajapaksa pledging his allegiance. However, on Monday Suresh also met with Ranil denying his support to Rajapaksa. Next day he joined Mahinda has a minister. UNP defections begin as parliamentarians warn of more to come At least three parliamentarians have now defected from Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party to Mahinda Rajapaksa, as both men vye to control a parliamentary majority and the seat of Sri Lankan prime minister this week.  Following President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister of Sri Lanka, both he and Wickremesinghe have claimed they control a parliamentary majority. In a letter to Wickremesinghe on Friday, Sirisena emphasised… We joined the government with the support of 116 Members of […]

Sirisena has become an agent of the attempted comeback of the man he replaced, Mahinda Rajapaksa – NYTIMES

30th October 2018 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO (NYTIMES, AFP, REUTERS, BLOOMBERG) – When Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena was elected in 2015, he was given a sweeping mandate from voters to investigate accusations of war crimes and graft against his predecessor’s government and to cancel deals with China that had plunged the country into debt. Now, Mr Sirisena has become an agent of the attempted comeback of the man he replaced, Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa. Mr Sirisena has unilaterally suspended Parliament and the Cabinet and declared that Mr Rajapaksa would immediately become the new prime minister. The Parliament and public that once rallied around Mr Sirisena are now bitterly divided over what his critics call an unconstitutional attempt to consolidate power. The country is split down the middle, with parliamentarians slightly tilted toward Prime Minister Ranil […]

“The SLFP and the SLPP will eventually succeed in gaining parliamentary approval for their new administration on 16th November”

30th October 2018 // 0 Comments

“The SLFP and the SLPP will eventually succeed in gaining parliamentary approval for their new administration in mid-November”- The Economist By The Economist Intelligence Unit Sri Lanka is set to undergo another period of political turmoil as the country faces a constitutional crisis. The growing tensions and ideological differences within the ruling coalition between the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) came to the fore on October 26th, when the president, Maithripala Sirisena (who is also the leader of the SLFP), announced the sacking of the prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe of the UNP. He also announced the appointment of the former president and leader of the opposition Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), Mahinda Rajapaksa, as the new prime minister. Mr Wickremesinghe […]

Prime Minister Ranil Wickeremesinghe’s Address To The Nation – Full Text

30th October 2018 // 0 Comments

On 8th of January 2015, 62 Lakhs of people of this country got together as a common front to re-establish democracy in the country and to re-establish peace and reconciliation. We rallied together, against corruption, fraud and thuggery, and at the same time to economically develop this country. 8th of January 2015 all the political parties and the forces including Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha maha Thero and other priests, Civil society as well as former President Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga got together and made Maithreepala Sirisrena the President of this country. Thereafter, I was appointed as the Prime Minister and we continued as the Government. In August 2015 after the General Elections I became the Prime Minister as the Member of Parliament who commands the confidence of the majority […]

THE DIFFICULT QUESTIONS PRESIDENT AND THE POLITY NEED TO ANSWER

30th October 2018 // 0 Comments

by Jehan Perera The dismissal of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe following the withdrawal of the SLFP headed by President Maithripala Sirisena from the government alliance has become yet another source of instability within the polity. It has also caused international ripples with the governments of many countries publicly expressing their concerns and the UK issuing a travel advisory to its citizens to be careful when travelling to Sri Lanka in the near future. Therefore the sooner this crisis is resolved the better it will be for the country. It is to be hoped that all parties concerned will act with restraint. The desire to corner the other and utterly defeat it can be a cause for further instability that outlives the present crisis. The main […]

President Sirisena’s Second Coup: Reasons & Numbers

30th October 2018 // 0 Comments

By S. I. Keethaponcalan – Dr. S. I. Keethaponcalan President Maithripala Sirisena became part of yet another political coup within five years. In the first coup, he parted ways with the Mahinda Rajapaksa government to become the common candidate of the opposition parties headed by the United National Party (UNP) in 2014. His shift, then, was considered as “traitorous” by Rajapaksa and his loyalists.  The present one unfolded when he appointed former president Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new prime minister on October 26, 2018. This move surprised almost everyone I know in Sri Lanka. Maithripala Sirisena was elected president in January 2018 with the UNP, and minority votes as United People’s Freedom Party (UPFA) votes went to Mahinda Rajapaksa. Therefore, especially members and supporters of the UNP have reasons to believe […]

Sri Lanka’s Tamils are at imminent risk after Rajapaksa’s return

29th October 2018 // 0 Comments

On October 26, Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and replaced him with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. This sudden challenge to Sri Lanka’s regime blindsided some political observers and members of the international community. To those for whom the political upheaval matters the most, however, it came as no surprise. Mahinda Rajapaksa was feared by political opponents, his critics and the Tamil-speaking people on the island during his ten-year reign between 2005-2015. Under his rule, activists, journalists and politicians with opposing views were harassed, intimidated, abducted and even murdered. Now that he is back, activists fear they will once again become open targets for their country’s government. Rajapaksa’s brother, Gotabaya, is also expected to return to the political frontline as result […]

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