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Mahinda falls for trap he had set for Chandrika!

10th January 2015 // 0 Comments

Fate metes out punishment in various forms. Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa is now experiencing the uneven cycle of punishment. In order to exert political revenge on former president Chandrika Kumaratunga, his main political enemy, Rajapaksa curtailed, from the last budget, to R. 60 million the Rs. 270 million annual allocation for her as an ex-president. At the same time, he allocated Rs. 25 million a day for himself.  A mere two months went by. Rajapaksa lost his position. One who had been spending Rs. 25 million a day, is now getting only Rs. 60 million a year. He set the trap for Kumaratunga. But, he himself fell into it. That is how fate metes out punishment. This is only the beginning. Rajapaksa will soon fully […]

Honour our trust, Your Excellency Maithripala Sirisena

10th January 2015 // 0 Comments

The very moment we are penning this letter, you are being sworn in as the 6th Executive President of Sri Lanka. We congratulate you and wish you all the very best to you as you are poised to walk through an avenue of challenges. This rocky path of yours is signposted with “a program to be completed in 100 days”, which consists of abolishing the 18th amendment, amending the constitution to reduce most of the executive powers of the Presidency and its associated immunity, and, the setting up of a number of good governance mechanisms such as the independent commissions for the Police, constitution, bribery, elections and the judiciary. We look forward to seeing the other major policies and pledges you have made in your […]

MAHINDA Plots To Prevent His Regime’s Corruption From Being Revealed

10th January 2015 // 0 Comments

In a desperate attempt to prevent the disclosure of their corrupt engagements, Mahinda Rajapaksa has formulated a plan to get Leader of the House, Nimal Siripala de Silva appointed as the Prime Minister. It has been revealed that defeated Mahinda has been making plans since his departure from Temple Trees on Friday, to get the assistance of the UPFA MPs to oust Ranil Wickremesinghe from the position of Prime Ministership on grounds that he lacks the majority in parliament. The Constitution states the PM should receive the majority support of the parliamentarians in the house and therefore, Wickremesinghe has to get the support of at least 30 more MPs. He has instructed the UPFA MPs to gather signatures of all UPFA parliamentarians and to submit […]

Move To Bring ‘Power Hungry’ Mahinda Back To Parliament As “Alternate” Prime Minister!

10th January 2015 // 0 Comments

A group of Sri Lanka Freedom Party Parliamentarians have explored the possibility of bringing former President Mahinda Rajapaksa back to the Parliament and position him as the ‘alternate’ Prime Minister. According to the constitution of Sri Lanka, the person who can draw the support of the majority of Parliamentarians in the house should be appointed as the Prime Minister of the country. President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday appointed UNP National Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister, minutes after taking oaths as the President of Sri Lanka. However, Wickremesinghe has to draw the support of at least 30 more MPs to form a majority in the country’s legislature. Speaking to his supporters at his ancestral home in Medamulana, former President Rajapaksa said he came to Medamulana […]

Rajapaksa ‘pressed’ army after Sri Lanka poll defeat — official

10th January 2015 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: Mahinda Rajapaksa tried to persuade the army chief to deploy troops when it became clear he had lost Sri Lanka’s election, a spokesman for the country’s new president said Saturday. Rajapaksa has been widely praised for conceding defeat early on Friday, even before the last votes had been counted, when he realized that his rival Maithripala Sirisena had an unassailable lead. But in a press conference on Saturday, a top aide to Sirisena said that Lt. Gen Daya Ratnayake, who is the head of the armed forces, had come under pressure to intervene shortly before the concession. “The army chief was under pressure to deploy but he did not. He declined to do anything illegal,” Rajitha Senaratne, the chief spokesman for the new president, […]

Rajapakse defeated by Tamil and Muslim votes

10th January 2015 // 0 Comments

Mahinda Rajapakse despite his nationalist appeal lost his bid for a third-term presidency in Sri Lanka. He gained 47.58 percent of votes whereas his former colleague and recently turned opponent, Maithripala Sirisena, obtained 51.28 percent of votes. It was a surprise for Sri Lankans as well as for outsiders. Many believed that there was nothing to stop Rajapakse from going for his third term in the elections held on Jan 8, 2015. But alas, this was not what happened. Rajapakse not only lost the support of Tamils and Muslims but also from the majority of the Sinhalese.

Tamils’ anti-Rajapaksa vote tipped balance

10th January 2015 // 0 Comments

COLOMBO: In a closely fought presidential contest in Sri Lanka, the votes of minority Tamils and Muslims, who constitute 20% of the electorate, proved to be the game changer. While Mahinda Rajapasa secured almost as many votes as his rival Maithripala Sirisena in Sinhala majority areas, Tamil areas overwhelmingly voted against him. Tamil National Alliance’s (TNA) announcement of support for Sirisena seems have tipped the balance in his favour. In an indirect acknowledgement of this fact, Sirisena thanked TNA and others for their support during the swearing-in ceremony. But he has not indicated whether he would address the issues of Tamils and Muslims immediately. Sources said a small number of troops are likely to be recalled in a couple of weeks. Sirisena had promised partial […]

Rajapaksa Defeated; Wimalaya, SB And The Inside Story

10th January 2015 // 0 Comments

By Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe – As we had repeatedly alerted, even at the very last moment, in the face of imminent defeat, incumbent president Mahinda Rajapaksa tried to make a grab to hold on to power. Civil defense forces loyal to the Regime were to be dressed up in regular army uniforms to storm the bastions of state power. Media institutions were to be brought under siege. The National Security Council was to be convened. Emergency and martial law was to be promulgated. Emergency session of Parliament was to be convened to legitimize the coup. The two most notorious, low-life thugs of the Rajapaksa cabal, Ministers S.B. Dissanayake and Wimalaya were desperately pushing the agenda. Chief of Staff of the armed forces Jagath Jayasuriya was […]

”New president will establish good governance in this country” Northern PM Wigneswaran

10th January 2015 // 0 Comments

Statement of the Hon. Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran on the results of the Presidential My beloved Tamil Speaking brothers and sisters have made the appropriate decision at the Presidential Elections. Today we have voted decisively and elected a new President. Hon. Maithripala Sirisena has been selected by the majority and minority communities jointly as the leader of this country. I have complete confidence that democracy will be established under him. Moreover, I believe that the foundation for a just solution to the problems of the Tamil Speaking Peoples, which have remained unresolved for more than sixty years, will be laid under his regime. I wish to state that we remain committed to providing him with our co-operation and assistance in this regard. […]

‘India’s Mad cow Swamy’ upset about Mahinda!

9th January 2015 // 0 Comments

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Friday said the new Sri Lankan Government is going to be a hotchpotch of so many parties, as the Buddhist clergy and Islamic parties have also joined this new coalition. He is so upset that his friend Mahinda had lost. A comentater commented saying that he is upset because he is not going to have his free holidays to Sri Lanka anymore. The most known unpopular BJP member SubramanimSwamy was a strong supporter of outgoing President Mahinda Rasjapaksha and the killing of Tamil civilians in thousands by the Sri Lankan Army. Swamy a Hindu Bramin and man who treats Tamil civilians as untouchables is a unpopular and is seen as a insult to Hinduism as he is a racist […]

Foreign Secretary congratulates new Sri Lankan President

9th January 2015 // 0 Comments

Philip Hammond today congratulated the newly elected President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena. The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said: I commend the people of Sri Lanka on the successful completion of their elections and offer my congratulations to Maithripala Sirisena. Sri Lanka has a renewed opportunity now to grow as a stable, prosperous and inclusive country, reflecting the wishes of all its people. All candidates and parties deserve praise for the peaceful transfer of power, as do the Sri Lankan Elections Commissioner, authorities and civil society for enabling people to exercise their democratic right. This commitment to peace and stability will remain important over the coming days. I look forward to working with the new government and reinvigorating the long standing partnership between the UK […]

Maithripala and Ranil take oaths

9th January 2015 // 0 Comments

Maithripala Sirisena took oaths as the sixth President of Sri Lanka at Independence square this evening while opposition United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe took oaths as the Prime Minister. Sirisena took oaths in front of Justice K. Sripavan and not Chief Justice Mohan Peiris. Addressing the Nation after taking oaths, Sirisena said that he will not seek a second term in office. Sirisena thanked the public, former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, the UNP, JHU, SLMC, TNA and others who helped him secure the victory at the polls yesterday. He said that while ensuring he delivers and brings about the change expected of him in Sri Lanka, he will also look to strengthen Sri Lanka’s foreign policy in order to maintain friendly relations with other countries. After […]

Maithripala is new President, Election Chief officially announces

9th January 2015 // 0 Comments

Presidential Candidate Maithripala Sirisena has won the 2015 Presidential election, Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya officially announced, a short while ago. Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya officially declared Maithripala Sirisena as the new President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka a short while ago. Making the official declaration in terms of the powers vested in him by the Constitution, Deshapriya said that Mr. Sirisena obtained a majority of 51.28% votes, and is therefore the new President of the country. Addressing the media and the candidates, at the Elections Department, he thanked the outgoing President for ensuring a peaceful election and a transfer of power thereafter.

Why M.I.A. is angry about Sri Lanka’s election

8th January 2015 // 0 Comments

A few months ago, no one could imagine that a presidential election in Sri Lanka would be a real contest. The country’s sitting president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, has consolidated his grip to such an extent in recent years that many observers see him as a de facto autocrat. In November, Rajapaksa decided to call early elections to extend his mandate beyond the decade he has already been in power. But the move backfired badly. Maithripala Sirisena, a former defense minister and health minister in Rajapaksa’s governments, defected along with other prominent Rajapaksa loyalists and has marshaled the country’s disorganized and splintered opposition. Now, Rajapaksa is by no means guaranteed victory when Sri Lanka votes on Thursday. And fears of violence have shrouded the run-up to the polls. Rajapaksa is a deeply controversial figure: he […]

EC visits Rupavahini: Compels correction of news item

8th January 2015 // 0 Comments

Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya today warned the Sri Lanka (Government Run)  Rupavahini Corporation to immediately rectify a false news item broadcast this morning claiming that UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa had joined the government.     The Elections Department said Mr. Deshapriya had himself visited the Rupavahini Corporation and ordered them to rectify it. The Rupavahini Corporation had later read a statement sent by Mr. Premadasa on this matter at its 12.30 p.m. news broadcast. – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/60697/ec-visits-rupavahini-compels-correction-of-news-item#sthash.ajVDrHCu.dpuf “Mudslinging campaign is underway against me”- says Sajith January 7, 2015  05:06 pm Deputy Leader of the United National Party (UNP) Sajith Premadasa said he received information that a mudslinging campaign was underway against him in a bid to spread false rumors saying he had quitted the […]

Grenade explosion in Jaffna – trying to STOP Tamils from voting Maithiri?

8th January 2015 // 0 Comments

A grenade explosion was reported some 800 meters away from a polling booth in Point Pedro this morning, the Campaign for a Free and Fair Election (CaFFE) reported. CaFFE Executive Director Keerthi Tenakoon said that the hand grenade attack had been reported at the Navaladi junction in Point Pedro. People who were going to vote had fled after the blast but the local election monitoring group said that voting is continuing at the polling booth in the area. The North has more Army on the road than any other part of Sri Lanka, hence a normal person cannot carry a grenade. Only Paramilitary can carry guns and Grenades other than the Army. The North of Sri Lanka are dominated by Tamils who support Maithiri and the […]

Vote early!

8th January 2015 // 0 Comments

Vote early! The Election Department has urged urged voters to exercise their franchise as early as possible today and avoid disappointment. Elections Chief Mahinda Deshapriya said yesterday that the country’s seventh Presidential Election would be conducted from 7.00am to 4.00pm today countrywide. He said 15,044,490 people were eligible to vote at today’s election and nearly 300,000 government servants would be on election duty……………….  READ ALL Sri Lanka election chief probes army deployment claims Sri Lanka’s election commission said Wednesday it is investigating claims that troops are being deployed in the Tamil-dominated north before a closely-fought presidential vote that has already been marred by violence. Chief election commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said there had been complaints that security forces were deploying in the northern Wanni region, in […]

Will Sri Lanka Elect the Devil It Knows?

8th January 2015 // 0 Comments

If a Presidential candidate refers to himself as a devil, chances are he’s in trouble. Last week, campaigning ahead of this Thursday’s election, Mahinda Rajapaksa, the incumbent Sri Lankan President, tried hard to endear himself to an audience in the northern city of Jaffna. The crowd consisted almost entirely of Tamils, the island’s largest minority, a community that regards him with suspicion and anger. “There is a saying that the devil you know is better than the unknown angel,” Rajapaksa said. “I am the known devil, so please vote for me.” These two sentences encapsulated the swift and intriguing fall of the once-mighty President. In January, 2010, when Rajapaksa last ran for reëlection, the circumstances were quite different. The previous year, his Army had ended […]

Sri Lanka presidential election brings country to crossroads

8th January 2015 // 0 Comments

(Reuters) – Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has urged voters to back “the devil they know,” and hand him a third term when they go to the polls on Thursday, rather than an “unknown angel” who promises to root out corruption and political decay. There have been no reliable opinion polls ahead of the vote, but many believe opposition candidate Mithripala Sirisena will quash Rajapaksa’s bid for re-election and change the country’s direction. Despite waning popularity, Rajapaksa called the election two years early, confident that the perennially fractured opposition would fail to come up with a credible challenger. But he did not anticipate the emergence of Sirisena, who quit as one of Rajapaksa’s ministers and crossed to the other side to become the opposition’s candidate […]

Lasantha Was Murdered On The 8th Of January; Let Us Pray For Our Nation

8th January 2015 // 0 Comments

By Lal Wickrematunge – Each year since 2009 friends, colleagues and family gather at Lasantha‘s grave site to pay homage to a fallen hero. It is human nature to revere a person after his death. This is more so in Sri Lanka. Whilst alive practicing his profession Lasantha was vilified, assaulted tied up in a myriad of litigation and finally assaulted. He died defending his right to express an opinion as is enshrined in our Constitution and to lay forth information before a public who paid to buy the Sunday Leader. As Lasantha’s grieving daughter Ahimsa wroterecently it is ironical that President Mahinda Rajapaksa decided to seek an unprecedented third term on the 8th of January 2015. This third term is the stepping stone to […]

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