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Was it all worth it Mahinda?

16th December 2018 // 0 Comments

My dear Mahinda maama, It was only three weeks ago that I wrote to you last, but I feel I must write to you again, especially as much has happened since then, and because of those events, you are likely to go down in history, in the midst of all your other achievements, as the nation’s shortest serving, fifty-day Prime Minister. Please don’t get me wrong, Mahinda maama, until the events of that Friday night in late October, you were by far the most popular and most marketable politician in the country, far ahead of the Green Man, Aiyo Sirisena and any of the ‘rathu sahodarayas’. Even now, you still remain quite popular. That is precisely why we were taken aback when we were told that Aiyo Sirisena had suddenly sacked […]

An anatomy of a political tsunami

16th December 2018 // 0 Comments

A new UNP-SLMC “national government” to be formed A Vote on Account to presented before yearend Mahinda Rajapaksa may be Leader of the Opposition Motion in Parliament on December 18 to expand Cabinet President Sirisena to swear in Ranil Wickremesinghe as Premier today Many are the untold stories during the days when President Maithripala Sirisena held secret talks with his predecessor and arch enemy Mahinda Rajapaksa paving the way for a new government. It ended the same way it began — in chaos. The final stages of such talks took place at the Battaramulla residence of S.B. Dissanayake, the juggler of words that he is. He first denied that such meetings took place. Two weeks ago, however, he was self-congratulatory and took pride that he […]

”The guardian of democracy is JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake” says SLPP

16th December 2018 // 0 Comments

Ranil Wickremesinghe has to seek the help of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to pass the 2019 Budget, Parliamentarian Rohitha Abeygunewardena said, adding that therefore, the TNA has the power and control over the new government. He expressed these views at a Media briefing held yesterday (15) at Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) head office. “Ranil Wickremesinghe should give the post of ‘Chief Government Whip’ to the guardian of democracy, MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake, for his support to the United National Front (UNF) during the past 6 weeks,” he said. He added that all appointments which had been made in past six week by Mahinda are legal and therefore no changes will take place in the State sector.  He further stated that the SLFP and the […]

President Sirisena Offers Prime Minister Position to Karu Jayasuriya, Sajith Premadasa, John Amaratunga and Daya Gamage To Deprive Ranil Wickremesinghe But UNP Stalwarts Stand Firmly Behind Party Leader Who will be Taking Oaths for the Fifth time as Premier

15th December 2018 // 0 Comments

President Sirisena Offers Prime Minister Position to Karu Jayasuriya, Sajith Premadasa, John Amaratunga and Daya Gamage To Deprive Ranil Wickremesinghe But UNP Stalwarts Stand Firmly Behind Party Leader Who will be Taking Oaths for the Fifth time as Premier By the “Daily FT” Special Political Correspondent Lord Denning M. L., the 20th Century British Judge and Jurist, in his famous book ‘The Family Story’, remarked: “Every Judge, on his appointment, discards all politics and all prejudice. You need have no fear. The Judges of England have always in the past – and will – be vigilant in guarding our freedoms. Someone must be trusted. Let it be the Judges.” The principle duty of a Judge, especially of the apex court, is to suppress force and […]

Mahinda Rajapaksa Signs a “Resignation Letter” At His Residence After Clinging On to Power For 7 Weeks As the First and Only Purported Prime Minister in Commonwealth History

15th December 2018 // 0 Comments

Mahinda Rajapaksa Signs a “Resignation Letter” At His  Residence After Clinging On to Power For 7 Weeks As the First and Only Purported Prime Minister in Commonwealth History Sri Lanka’s disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has signed what was called a ‘resignation’ letter at his residence in the capital Colombo, ending an extraordinary saga in the country’s parliamentary history where he clung on to power despite suffering no-confidence motions. Rajapaksa was appointed Prime Minister by President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Rajapaksa Prime Minister on October 26, triggering a constitutional crisis, banking on buying over corrupt or disgruntled members to build a parliamentary majority. However even members of his United National Party who opposed the unpopular actions of Wickremesinghe’s so-called ‘cronies’ as well as a section of the […]

Mahinda who clung on to power despite suffering no-confidence motions have resigned

15th December 2018 // 0 Comments

CONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has signed what was called a ‘resignation’ letter at his residence in the capital Colombo, ending an extraordinary saga in the country’s parliamentary history where he clung on to power despite suffering no-confidence motions. Local televisions station interrupted normal programming in mid-morning Saturday, to bring visuals of what was said to be him signing a ‘resignation’ letter. Rajapaksa was appointed Prime Minister by President Maithripala Sirisena on October 26, triggering a constitutional crisis, banking on buying over corrupt or disgruntled members of incumbent Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to build a parliamentary majority. Wickremesinghe famously lacks people skills, and has uneasy relations with the parliamentary group, other members of his party and the general public. Ranjan Ramanayake, […]

”The TNA now holds the remote control in Parliament” says Mahinda

15th December 2018 // 0 Comments

I have no intention of remaining as Prime Minister without a general election being held (I am saying this after 7 weeks, because the  Supreme Court has delivered a judgement against the holding of the general election) The TNA now holds the remote control in Parliament. Under the provisions of that draft constitution, this country will be divided into nine semi-independent federal units.  We appreciate the difficult and bold decision that the President made on October 26. We borrowed money to develop the country and that development is visible. But the UNP borrowed money only for consumption.  The most important thing that happened during this period was that the two thirds majority in Parliament that was available to the UNP to be used at will, is […]

The role of the opposition in Sri Lanka should be to work against the government even if the Gov. do good – says SLFP

15th December 2018 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) should decide either to ally with the United National Party (UNP) or to sit in the opposition, SLFP MP Kanchana Wijesekera said. He told a news briefing the recent conduct of the TNA had been quite partial to the UNP in Parliament. “We witnessed the TNA voting in favour of the confidence motion in support of Ranil Wickremesinghe. They cannot continue to be like this. If they are to play the role of the opposition they should work against the government,” he said. In Sri Lanka the opposition parties must work against the government even if the government is doing  something right was the aim of the appeal and angry that they were unable to topple the government. The SLFP and Mahinda’s SLPP […]

Mahinda decided to resign to ensure the stability of the nation after knowingly disrupting for 7 weeks.

15th December 2018 // 0 Comments

SLFP or UPFA against sharing any power to Tamils. Mahinda to ‘resign’ today morning after making public statement  Ranil to take oath on Sunday morning UNP closes door on any SLFP group crossovers, but says individuals welcome Focused on forming UNP Govt. or contesting General elections Dayasiri says SLFP members keen on working with new Govt. as representatives of President No final decision by SLFP on future action but willing to act in accordance with President’s wishes By Chathuri Dissanayake and nuwan senarathna President Maithripala Sirisena-appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday decided to quit, ending seven weeks of political turmoil in the country, as ousted Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe readies to retake his oaths yet again tomorrow. Rajapaksa, whose appointment for the post was disputed from […]

UNP in talks with SLFP MPs who are committed to fulfilling the good governance mandate given to us by the people and not those looking to make a fast buck

15th December 2018 // 0 Comments

The UNP led UNF, was in discussion with some SLFP MPs to form a new government, UNP MP Nalin Bandara said yesterday. He told a news conference in Colombo, that the proposed government would be formed on principles and polices aimed at strengthening democracy and developing the country. “We will select only MPs who are committed to fulfilling the good governance mandate given to us by the people and not those looking to make a fast buck.” The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, he stressed, would be strengthened further, to ensure that the President, whoever it may be, would have to work in consultation with Parliament and not according to his or her whims and fancies. JVP wants hunt for culprits The JVP demands that […]

Mahinda steps down from PM to Opposition Leader

15th December 2018 // 0 Comments

The appeal filed against the quo warranto proceeded by the Court of Appeal suspending duties of Prime Ministry and Cabinet will be examined today (14). Mahinda Rajapakshe has decided to resign from the Prime Ministry regardless of the verdict of the Supreme Court regarding the appeal. Apparently, the Mahinda’s party has already decided to step back and sit in the opposition’s side allowing the rest to appoint a new Prime Minister and a Cabinet. Sources closely associated with Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) inform that Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe will be acting as the true opposition leader in launching the battle against the United National Party (UNP). The meeting held with the members of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) yesterday was addressed by the President […]

SL military erects giant Buddha statue at controversial heritage site in Mullaiththeevu

15th December 2018 // 0 Comments

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 21:45 GMT] The occupying Sinhala military in Mullaith-theevu installed a small Buddha statue, which was covered with glass at the disputed heritage site of Neeraaviyadi-eattam in Chemmalai in November. The SL military has now hurriedly replaced it with a huge Buddha statue disregarding the interim order and the protests of Tamil residents. The move comes after a delegation from the SL Archaeology Department in Colombo visited the SL military prompting it to accomplish the mission, civil sources in Mullaiththeevu District Secretariat told TamilNet. An extremist Buddhist monk, Kolamba Medhalankara Thera, staying with the SL Army’s 593rd Brigade at Naayaa’ru is operating with the thinking that once the giant statue has been successfully erected, Tamil protests, as well as the interim […]

Mahinda Rajapaksa Ready to Move Back To Opposition and Let Ranil Form Govt But President Sirisena Refuses to “Take a Step Back” and Insists He “Would Not Govern Country With Ranil Wickremesinghe Under Any Circumstances”.

14th December 2018 // 0 Comments

Despite the Supreme Court Slap to The Head of State, Sirisena’s Opponents May Not Be Able to Write The President Off So Easily -The Economist NOT FOR the first time in recent weeks, Sri Lankans held a collective breath on the afternoon of December 13th, as citizens gathered outside the Supreme Court in Colombo, the capital. When seven judges eventually faced the packed crowd in Room 502, their decision was unanimous: President Maithripala Sirisena had breached the constitution last month, by decreeing parliament dissolved. Outside on the street, opponents of the president roared their approval of the ruling. As unusual as it was, the court’s slap to the country’s head of state came as no surprise. Mr Sirisena has been testing the limits of his powers […]

Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign from Premiership

14th December 2018 // 0 Comments

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to resign from the Premiership in order to ensure stability of the country, according to MP Namal Rajapaksa. In a twitter message, he said that Rajapaksa will step down tomorrow following an address to the nation. The MP further said that the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) along with the former President, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and other will work to form a broader coalition with President Maithripala Sirisena. “To ensure stability of the nation, Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to resign from the Premiership tomorrow after an address to the nation. The SLPP with Frm President, SLFP & others will now work to form a broader political coalition with President Sirisena,” Namal Rajapaksa tweeted.

Pressure from the Tamil diaspora affected how each government decided to respond to events in Canada and UK.

13th December 2018 // 0 Comments

A number of factors impact whether or not diasporas influence host country foreign policy, writes Matthew Godwin. He looks at two major decisions facing Canada and the UK toward Sri Lanka, and explains how pressure from the Tamil diaspora affected how each government decided to respond to events. Countries in the West have long welcomed immigrants from all over the world. In Canada, as many as half of the residents in the country’s largest city, Toronto were not born in Canada. In the United Kingdom, one in seven British residents were born abroad. As newcomers arrive, many organise into diaspora communities, setting up organisations which support the continuation of “homeland” cultural or athletic practices, offer settlement and integration services, and advocate for the rights of newcomers to government officials. […]

Dissolution of Parliament unconstitutional – Supreme Court

13th December 2018 // 0 Comments

The Supreme Court announces that the gazette notification dissolving the parliament is not in accordance with the constitution.  The seven member judge bench unanimously made this judgment stating that it was illegal to dissolve the parliament before its 4.5 year term limit. The Supreme Court delivered its judgment on the petition on the President’s decision to dissolve the parliament, a short while ago. The verdict was delivered by the Chief Justice Nalin Perera. Accordingly, the Supreme Court quashed the gazette notification published on the 9th November dissolving the parliament. Meanwhile, Justice Sisira De Abrew declared that the parliament cannot be dissolved in any way until the minimum term of 4.5 years passes.  According to De Abrew, a proposal voted for by two-third of MPs in […]

JVP Likely To Initiate Impeachment Motion Against Sirisena: Also Pledges To Initiate Investigation Against Coup Offenders

13th December 2018 // 0 Comments

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna indicated that it would initiate an impeachment motion against President Maithripala Sirisena for deliberately acting in violation of the Constitution, Colombo Telegraph learns. The impeachment motion will be based on the unanimous ruling delivered by the Supreme Court stating the President’s actions are unconstitutional. Speaking to the media, JVP Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath said they would initiate a no-confidence motion if the President continues to act in violation of the Constitution. He confirmed that an impeachment motion could be brought against the President. Speaking after the Supreme Court ruling today, JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said a special investigation should be launched to prosecute everyone who supported the “Constitutional Coup” on October 26 and afterwards. The JVP Leader said his party would also take the […]

Mahinda plays Racist card

13th December 2018 // 0 Comments

Purported pact with TNA, forged by Mahinda’s SLPP – Legal action threatened by UNP The two MPs said that the purported pact between the UNP and TNA was full of blatant lies and meant to create racial hatred and conflict and drag the country back to war. “The TNA under its current leader R.Sampanthan says that the problems faced by Tamils should be resolved within a unitary state and it was wrong to claim that it has demanded a separate state.The TNA also does not want the military moved out of the North and East, nor has it called for a halt to the construction of Buddhist temples.” The punishment for forgery was a minimum of seven years rigorous imprisonment……………..Click UNP files Police complaint over false […]

New report published on 500 Tamils missing while in Army custody

13th December 2018 // 0 Comments

The International Truth and Justice Project and HRDAG have published a report on 500 Tamils who disappeared while in Army custody in Sri Lanka in 2009. The report is titled “How many people disappeared on 17-19 May 2009 in Sri Lanka?” and Patrick Ball, director of research at HRDAG, is the lead author. Ending the 26-year civil war, the Tamils surrendered to Sri Lanka in May 2009. According to the report, Sri Lanka has a very large number of disappeared people, and even in the context of the high frequency and great magnitude of disappearances in Sri Lanka, the three days of 17-19 May, which occurred at the end of the war, were extraordinary. “They represent the largest number of disappearances in one place and time in […]

Ranil Wickremesinghe Re-iterates in Parliament His Commitment Towards Achievement of a Political Solution Within an Undivided Country, Abolition of Executive Presidency and Strengthening of Provincial Councils.

13th December 2018 // 0 Comments

Ranil Wickremesinghe Re-iterates in Parliament His Commitment Towards Achievement of a Political Solution Within an Undivided Country, Abolition of Executive Presidency and Strengthening of Provincial Councils. By Saman Indrajith Ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, yesterday, told Parliament that he would strive to find a political solution to the ethnic problem within an undivided country. Addressing Parliament soon after a motion of confidence in him was passed Wickremesinghe said: “The words of former US President Abraham Lincoln that “government of the people, by the people, for the people” come to mind. The government should be formed by the people and not by the President. There cannot be a government of the President but a government of the people. Continue reading ‘Ranil Wickremesinghe Re-iterates in Parliament His […]

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