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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 […]

Here’re the MPs who signed for no-confidence motion!

14th November 2018 // 0 Comments

The motion of no-confidence submitted against Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe’s Government was passed in the Parliament today. JVP Leader MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake submitted the no-confidence motion before the Parliament, and MP Vijitha Herath seconded it. In addition to members of the United National Party, the Tamil National Alliance and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, several members from the United People’s Freedom Alliance have also signed the motion of no-confidence.  

Mahinda Camp MP’s AHM Fowzie, Piyasena Gamage , Manusha Nanayakkara,Wasantha Senanayake and Vadivel Suresh Turn Against Mahinda Rajapaksa by Voting for No Confidence Motion Against Him.

14th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Mahinda Camp MP’s AHM Fowzie, Piyasena Gamage , Manusha Nanayakkara,Wasantha Senanayake and Vadivel Suresh Turn Against Mahinda Rajapaksa by Voting for No Confidence Motion Against Him. The United National Party confirmed that 122 MPs have signed the No Confidence Motion against new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his purposed government. Apart from 102 MPs representing the UNP, the TNA, the JVP and several MPs who initially supported Sirisea-Rajapaksa alliance, namely Manusha Nanayakkara, Wasantha Senanayake, Vadiwel Suresh, Piyasena Gamage and A.H.M. Fowzie also supported the NCM against Rajapaksa. Continue reading ‘Mahinda Camp MP’s AHM Fowzie, Piyasena Gamage , Manusha Nanayakkara,Wasantha Senanayake and Vadivel Suresh Turn Against Mahinda Rajapaksa by Voting for No Confidence Motion Against Him.’ » 122 Out of 225 MP’s Sign No Confidence Motion […]

Ranil Wickremesinghe Confirms to Media that 122 MP’s Have Informed Speaker They Voted In Favour of No Confidence Motion Against Mahinda Rajapaksa

14th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Ranil Wickremesinghe Confirms to Media that 122 MP’s Have Informed Speaker They Voted In Favour of No Confidence Motion Against Mahinda Rajapaksa UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said voice vote was taken by the Speaker on the No Confidence Motion submitted in Parliament against the Government and that 122 MPs informed the Speaker that they voted in favour of it. He told media that the NCM passed in Parliament with a majority could not be challenged and added that if anyone wanted to challenge the Speaker’s decision, they could move a resolution challenging his decision tomorrow. Continue reading ‘Ranil Wickremesinghe Confirms to Media that 122 MP’s Have Informed Speaker They Voted In Favour of No Confidence Motion Against Mahinda Rajapaksa’ »

Now Mahinda talks about Constitution.

14th November 2018 // 0 Comments

The Mahinda group yesterday maintained that the Supreme Court’s interim order does not mean that the dissolution of parliament has been cancelled and said that it would request for a full-judge bench to hear the case. Addressing a hurriedly called news briefing last night at the Prime Minister’s Office, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said respondents have a right to request for a full-judge bench comprising nine to 11 Judges to hear a case. “People should note that the Supreme Court has not yet made a final decision on the gazette issued by the President dissolving parliament. The final ruling will be made on December 7. There is no finality in the matter as of yet,” he said. A journalist said that if Mahinda group were […]

Speaker rules Mahinda has no majority in Parliament

14th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya ruled today that the Mahinda group did not have the majority in Parliament. He gave the ruling after a no-confidence motion on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa was taken for a vote when Parliament began sessions today.  The Speaker calculated the votes based on the voices he heard as Mahinda group Parliamentarians disrupted the proceedings. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) had  handed over a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today, JVP MP Vijitha Herath said. Speaking to the media after the Party leaders’ meeting, he said Prime Minister seat would be allocated for PM Mahinda Rajapaksa when Parliament meets today. United National Party (UNP) Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa later told reporters that the Government clearly lost the floor test. He said that Prime Minister […]

Concerted actions by domestic pro-democracy elements and the international community must continue to restore parliamentary democracy in Sri Lanka

13th November 2018 // 0 Comments

PRESS STATEMENT 13 November 2018, London Concerted actions by domestic pro-democracy elements and the international community must continue to restore parliamentary democracy in Sri Lanka It is with utmost respect and admiration that the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) reads today’s interim order of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. This, at least in the interim, has prevented further deepening of Sri Lanka’s constitutional crisis. Only a few days ago, President Sirisena ominously warned that he had more ‘tools’ at his disposal, implying more to come in the ‘constitutional coup’ he had set in motion. True to his word and on top of his earlier actions, including illegal transfer of power from a sitting Prime Minister and proroguing the Parliament without consulting the Speaker, President Sirisena […]

Shamed Mahindas group undecided if it will attend Parliament tomorrow.

13th November 2018 // 0 Comments

The shamed Mahinda and his newly appointed Ministers says it is undecided if it will attend Parliament sessions tomorrow under PM Ranil. Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the illegal Government (Mahinda Group) who were appointed by President Maithiri will further discuss the outcome of the Supreme Court order issued today and decide if it will attend Parliament tomorrow morning.  The Supreme Court today issued a stay order against President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve Parliament and hold a snap election in January. Following the court order, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced that Parliament will convene at 10am tomorrow.  However Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the Mahinda will consult his lawyers and decide the next step. He also said that the Government lawyers will request the Supreme Court […]

Lawyers Slam President’s Illegal Dissolution At SC

13th November 2018 // 0 Comments

In a shock move, a member of Sri Lanka’s independent Elections Commission filed a fundamental rights petition in Supreme Court yesterday, joining a dozen other petitioners in challenging the Presidential Proclamation dissolving Parliament and declaring elections as unconstitutional and illegal. Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole, a member of the three-man Commission set up by the 19th Amendment to the constitution told a three judge bench of the Supreme Court that he believed that the dissolution of Parliament by Friday’s proclamation was “ex facie” illegal – or bad in law on the face of it, and saying he was duty bound to ensure the constitution was honoured. As the constitutional crisis triggered by President Maithripala’s shock sacking of his prime minister on October […]

Dissolution Invalid: Supreme Court Issues Historic Order Allowing Parliament To Meet Tomorrow

13th November 2018 // 0 Comments

UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said in a Twitter message that the people have won their first victory. “Let’s go forward and re-establish the sovereignty of the people in our beloved country,” he tweeted. In a landmark order, the tripartite bench consisting Chief Justice Nalin Perera, Justice Prasanna Jayawardena and Justice Priyantha Jayawardena stayed both Gazette notifications issued by President Maithripala Sirisena proroguing and dissolving Parliament. The Gazette dissolving Parliament was stayed till the 7th December while the case was fixed for argument on the 5th, 6th and 7th December. Meanwhile, the Gazette convening Parliament on November 14 will stand active, which means Parliament could be convened tomorrow. The three-judge bench gave the order after considering submissions made by all petitioners and intervening petitioners on the President’s […]

Dissolving Parliament was Wrong says Supreme Court

13th November 2018 // 0 Comments

The Supreme Court today issued a stay order on the gazette notice by President Maithripala Sirisena dissolving Parliament, till December 7th.  The Supreme Court said it will consider all the petitions filed on the President’s decision to dissolve Parliament on December 4th, 5th and 6th before giving a final ruling on December 7th. With the stay order the court also prevents the Elections Commissioner from taking steps to hold an election on January 5th.  The stay order was given after two days of deliberations during which petitions both in support and against the President’s decision were submitted. President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved Parliament last week and called for a snap Parliamentary election on January 5th.  However several political parties, including the United National Party and the Janatha Vimukthi […]

Corrupt people given second chance by Mahinda

13th November 2018 // 0 Comments

President Maithripala Sirisena had given corrupt MPs a second chance to embezzle money by appointing them to the same ministerial positions they held during the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration, United national Party (UNP) Parliamentarian S. M. Marikkar told media yesterday at a press conference in Colombo. “The President has renominated a man who had a case filed against him for providing state-built houses for his family members as Minister of Housing. The same is true for the Minister of Cooperatives. This is insane and dissolving Parliament is dictatorial.” The Colombo District MP said that the UNP should not stop at issuing press releases and holding media conferences. “We must educate the people on why we say that removing Ranil Wickremesinghe and dissolving Parliament were illegal. We […]

Hearing 12 F.R. Petitions Challenging Early Dissolution of Parliament and Holding of Elections; Proceedings To Continue Tomorrow

13th November 2018 // 0 Comments

Chief Justice Nalin Perera, Justice Prasanna Jayawardena and Justice Priyantha Jayawardena Commence Hearing 12 F.R. Petitions Challenging Early Dissolution of Parliament and Holding of Elections; Proceedings To Continue Tomorrow as Attorney – General Required More Time Sri Lanka’s main political parties, on Monday November 11th 2018 filed legal challenges in the island’s Supreme Court, against the early dissolution of Parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena. The petitioners said President Sirisena had no powers to dissolve the Parliament under the 19th amendment of the constitution and requested the Supreme Court to issue an order voiding the gazette issued by the President and to suspend the upcoming Parliamentary Election until a verdict is announced. Continue reading ‘Chief Justice Nalin Perera, Justice Prasanna Jayawardena and Justice Priyantha Jayawardena Commence […]

No Congratulatory messages from foreign leaders to Mahinda.

12th November 2018 // 0 Comments

No heads of government or state have so far sent congratulatory messages to new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Foreign Ministry has confirmed. However, a spokesperson also said it was because the Cabinet of Ministers was only finalised on Friday and, therefore, a list had not been sent out to Sri Lanka’s missions abroad for dissemination to host nations. “The Cabinet of Ministers was only finalised on Friday and Parliament was subsequently dissolved the same night,” the spokesperson said yesterday. “What we have at present is a caretaker Government. The new list will be sent following elections in January.” The name of the Prime Minister is also normally sent with the list of Cabinet Ministers, she said. “Since the list of Cabinet Ministers was not […]

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. […]

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 […]

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