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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 […]

Another claimed to have switched joins Ranil!

29th October 2018 // 0 Comments

The unexpected political turnover occurred the last 26 caused the conversation of switching parties in the blink of an eye. Accordingly, many conversations carried out in relate to the separated sets of MPs and Ministers on to Maithree and Ranil groups. Especially, rather controversial news bulletins have surfaced about characters that are likely to be attached to President Maithreepala Sirisena and Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe from the United National Party. United National Party Badulle District Parliamentarian Wadiwel Suresh was one amongst the characters specially mentioned. Mr. Wadiwel Suresh had met Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe early yesterday (28), and accordingly, general assumptions projected that he will be representing Mahinda Rajapakshe’s side. However, in response to these assumptions, Mr. Wadiwel Suresh said that he has no intention of switching […]

US State Department Calls On Sirisena To Convene Parliament In Consultation With Speaker

29th October 2018 // 0 Comments

The US Department of State has called on President Maithripala Sirisena to reconvene Parliament, in consultation with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, and allow representatives of the people to fulfil their responsibilities. In a statement, the Department of State said it would continue to follow developments in Sri Lanka with “great concern”. “We urge all sides to refrain from intimidation and violence,” the statement added. This follows Opposition R. Sampanthan’s request to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to convene Parliament with immediate effect and allow the legislature to perform its legitimate functions. Speaker Jayasuriya, sending a letter to President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday, said prorogation of Parliament should have happened in consultation with the Speaker.

Heads ‘MAHINDA or RANIL’ Wins! Tails MAITHIRI Looses!

28th October 2018 // 0 Comments

 On the 16th of November 2018 when the parliament is called Mahinda or Ranil will have to prove who has got the 113 or more MP’s support and one of them will be the undisputed NEW Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. If Mahinda Wins – Maithiri will be treated like a dummy for double crossing Mahinda in the 2015 Presidential election and will be forced to quite politics in 2020 (May use the common excuse ”Due to health problems”) If Ranil Wins – Maithiri will face a NO Confidence motion brought by the UNP and will loose the Presidency because Mahinda group will secretly support the No confidence has a revenge for his double crossing.  Former minister Arjuna Ranatunga’s security guard fires at mob injuring […]

Sri Lanka: New Prime Minister Puts Rights at Grave Risk

28th October 2018 // 0 Comments

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/10/27/sri-lanka-new-prime-minister-puts-rights-grave-risk (New York) – Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision on October 26, 2018, to appoint former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister has raised fears about a return to past abusive practices in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. The sudden announcement to sack Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, which he contends violates parliamentary processes and the constitution, was made without informing parliament or the cabinet. “Rajapaksa’s return to high office without any justice for past crimes raises chilling concerns for human rights in Sri Lanka,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “The current government’s failure to bring justice to victims of war crimes under the Rajapaksa government reopens the door for past abusers to return to their terrible practices.” Rajapaksa’s administration was implicated in egregious violations during the final […]

PM post: TNA says its support linked to assurances on national question

28th October 2018 // 0 Comments

The main opposition Tamil National Alliance says that in the battle for the Prime Minister’s post, its support will go to the party which will make two key promises on the national question.A TNA spokesman said Opposition and TNA leader R. Sampanthan spoke to Prime Ministers Ranil Wickremesinghe and Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday and conveyed the message that the TNA was not interested in protecting or promoting individuals but its interest was in finding a solution to the national question. The party would support whichever government that would give an assurance that the Constitutional Assembly process to draft a new constitution would continue and the United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution would be implemented to achieve meaningful reconciliation and transnational justice, he said. The TNA is […]

Speaker Writes to President – Ranil is the PM.

28th October 2018 // 0 Comments

All the existing constituent parties in the RANIL’S UNF government except the SLFP also had a press conference at which they condemned the unconstitutional move and pledged to stand together. As it is, this group has 107 but only 4 are ‘shaky’. Even then, the net 103 Plus TNA 16 (who for the moment are abstaining but will vote for RANIL if absolutely necessary) Plus 6 JVP (also abstaining because  of their principled stand that Rajakaksas are rogues). Leaves a balance of 100 for MAHINDA BUT 2 SLFP MP’s have assured their support to RW. So, with 98 votes, our 2nd PM MAHINDA has no chance of reaching the magical figure of 113. That is exactly why Parliament has been prorogued for 3 weeks. If the […]

Mahinda Rajapaksa Allegedly Played Up the Issue of RAW Involvement in an Assassination Plot

28th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Mahinda Rajapaksa Allegedly Played Up the Issue of RAW Involvement in an Assassination Plot To Increase Maithripala Sirisena’s Insecurity Leading to President Replacing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. By P.K.Balachandran It was at the request of President Maithripala Sirisena, that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa took up the Premiership of Sri Lanka on Friday, sources close to Rajapaksa said. The Rajapaksa group decided to accept the offer when it found that the President was very keen, the sources, which did not want to be identified, said. Till a few days ago, Sirisena had been wavering. On the one hand, he was wanting to align with Rajapaksa to set up an United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government without any links with the United National Party (UNP) headed by […]

Sinhale MP’s will always resist reform

28th October 2018 // 0 Comments

by Dr A.C. Visvalingam How often do we hear the desperate cry: “If only we could get some decent people into Parliament!” The lamentable fact is that, as long as we have undemocratic political parties of the types that we now have, there are no obvious means by which concerned citizens would be able to influence the central oligarchies of any of these parties to refrain from sponsoring crooked and incompetent persons as candidates for election. Most Sri Lankans who have followed the politics of this country either by direct experience or by objective research of the relevant records would almost certainly agree with the assessment that, except for a few years of fairly responsible governance immediately after Independence, there has been a steady drop […]

Basil accepts challenge to show majority’s power! GENERAL NEWS 26 OCTOBER 2018

27th October 2018 // 0 Comments

Although former President Mahinda Rajapakshe has been appointed as the new Prime Minister, the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has no majority power in the Parliament for situating a new Government. However, it is reported that by next Monday, the Mahinda party will be ready of showing the majority’s power for situating a new Government. For the attempt the lead has been taken by Minister Basil Rajapakshe. He said that by next Monday (29), he will be ready of showing the majority’s power. According to the 2015 Parliamentary Election, the UNP won 106 seats and the UPFA secured 95 seats. Accordingly, the UPFA needs 18 more seats for showing the majority’s power. Meanwhile, Speaker of the current Parliament Mr. Karu Jayasuriya stated at a query […]

President Sirisena Prorogues Parliament Until Nov 16th for Newly Appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to Garner a Majority in Parliament

27th October 2018 // 0 Comments

President Sirisena Prorogues Parliament Until Nov 16th for Newly Appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to Garner a Majority in Parliament Through Horse Trading; Talks on with several Tamil and Muslim MP’s and a UNP Faction Led by Ravi Karunanayake. By D.B.S.Jeyaraj Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered that Parliament should be prorogued with effect from October 27th 2018 to November 16th 2018. Deputy General Secretary of Parliament Neil Iddawala confirmed to the media that Parliament has been prorogued based on the instructions of the President. The office of the Speaker has announced that Parliament will reconvene on the 16th of November. Earlier Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had stated he had the majority of MP’s in Parliament and had wanted Parliament to meet on Sunday October […]

Lake House taken over; ITN, Rupavahini under attack

27th October 2018 // 0 Comments

By Marianne David State-owned Lake House newspapers Daily News, Dinamina and Silumina Editorials were taken over by Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) unions last night, Daily FT learns. A highly-placed source linked to Lake House told Daily FT that page one of today’s Daily News had been changed by Mahinda Rajapaksa loyalists.No violence had been reported during what was termed as the “unofficial takeover” of Lake House. Meanwhile, select members of ITN staff came under attack yesterday and Sri Lanka Rupavahini channel transmission was stopped after a group barged in soon after the news of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa being sworn in as Prime Minister broke. Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera termed the halting of Rupavahini transmission as an act of sabotage. Special […]

US, EU and UK ask SL to follow due political process; updates travel advisory

27th October 2018 // 0 Comments

All parties and competent authorities in Sri Lanka should respect the Constitution and follow due political process, British State Minister for Asia and Pacific Mark Field said. He said the UK was following the latest developments in Sri Lanka closely and with concern. Meanwhile, the Government of UK updated its travel advisory on Sri Lanka yesterday. It said there are reports of rapid political developments in Sri Lanka. “You should exercise vigilance and avoid all demonstrations or large political gatherings. We will continue to monitor and update Travel Advice as appropriate,” the UK Foreign Office advised British citizens. EU urges all parties to act in accordance with SL’s Constitution The Ambassador of the European Union (EU) and several other ambassadors of EU countries today urged […]

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