10th December 2014

Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election: Risks and Opportunities

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http://www.crisisgroup.org/~/media/Files/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka/b145-sri-lanka-s-presidential-election-risks-and-opportunities.pdf Colombo/Brussels  |   9 Dec 2014 Sri Lanka’s upcoming presidential election promises more competition than was initially anticipated. But with that comes a great risk of violence. Long-term stability and post-war reconciliation can only be achieved through a peaceful election resulting in a government committed to serving the interests of all Sri Lankans. “The opposition’s attempt to reopen democratic space also brings with it risks of violence and instability … The tighter the race, the more violent it threatens to be”.Alan Keenan, Crisis Group’s Sri Lanka Senior Analyst Surprising many observers, Sri Lanka’s 8 January presidential election between incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa and his former ally Maithripala Sirisena looks set to be a close contest. Promising to abolish the executive presidency and revive parliamentary democracy, the opposition […]

Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election: Risks and Opportunities:International Crisis Group

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Sri Lanka’s presidential election, scheduled for 8 January 2015, looks set to defy the predictions of many and be a true competition. As such, the polls threaten risks and promise opportunities for long-term stability and post-war reconciliation. The sudden emergence of a strong opposition candidate caught many, including President Mahinda Rajapaksa, by surprise. Running on a platform of constitutional reforms to limit executive power and restore independent oversight bodies, the opposition coalition led by former Rajapaksa colleague Maithripala Sirisena seems set to pose the first strong challenge to Rajapaksa in nearly a decade. Amid a restrictive climate for civil society, for Tamils and for religious minorities, the risk of serious election-related violence merits close international attention and active efforts to prevent political instability, including the […]

Tamil protesters against Rajapaksa visit stopped at AP border

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RELATED NEWS Sri Lanka President to visit Tirupati under tight security from today Muslims in Tamil Nadu protest against communal violence in Sri Lanka BJP leaders meet Rajapaksa; discuss issues of Tamils in Lanka ‘Kaththi’ release in Tamil Nadu uncertain PMK slams Centre’s ‘soft approach’ towards Sri Lanka Andhra Pradesh police today prevented several activists from Tamil Nadu, who wanted to stage a protest against the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the temple town of Tirupati, from entering the state. Police stopped a convoy of 75 vehicles, carrying over 250 persons including women, on Andhra Pradesh-Tamil Naduborder near Sullurpet in the district. The protesters, carrying placards and flags, shouted slogans against Rajapaksa before heading back to Tamil Nadu, said Deputy Superintendent of […]

Sri Lanka Playing with Fire by Accusing US Envoy Michele Sison of “Trying to Bribe”for Presidential Poll Propaganda.

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By Upul Joseph Fernando A list of names of likely defectors who were to follow Maithripala Sirisena to the Opposition when the latter made his exit from the government has now been publicized through the social media. Though some made their exit others did not. Among those names was Minister Gunaratne Weerakoon. Now, the minister claims that the United States Ambassador in Colombo Michele J. Sison promised to offer him a bribe if he was to cross over to the Opposition. This allegation was made on the eve of the departure of Sison, who had completed her tenure of office here. When Minister Weerakoon made this charge on Sison, the latter had been met by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who met her prior to her departure. Also […]

Warning for U.S. Citizens in Sri Lanka

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Sri Lanka Date: December 9, 2014 Sri Lanka will hold presidential elections on January 8, 2015.  The campaign will feature large public events‎ and rallies.  Political rallies and election campaigns in Sri Lanka have occasionally turned violent.  U.S. citizens are reminded to avoid polling stations, large public gatherings, political rallies, and demonstrations.  U.S. citizens are advised to monitor local media in case of public disturbances. We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens living or traveling in Sri Lanka and the Republic of Maldives enroll with the U.S. Embassy through the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact you in an emergency. U.S. citizens […]

Common candidate must resolve Tamil

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BY Mirudhula Thambiah Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian and Spokesman, Suresh Premachandran said it is a must for a presidential candidate to address important issues of the Tamils of North and East. Such a candidate must assure demilitarization in the North, resettlement and other burning issues to address the ethnic issue in Sri Lanka. He added that TNA is for a united Sri Lanka and not for separatism. He said the ethnic problem could be solved within a united Sri Lanka and the TNA was not for a unitary Constitution.” Q: What are your plans in the upcoming Presidential Election? What are your demands? A: Tamils of the North and East are having different issues. There are common matters, both communities want to abolish the […]

Govt. spends Rs. 500 m to secure 2,000 votes!

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The extent of the government’s political bankruptcy is evident by its having spent Rs. 500 million to get the support of a person like Tissa Attanayake, who does not have even 2,000 votes of his own, a group of businessmen at Digana in Kundasale electorate of Kandy district told ‘Lanka News Web.’ People of Kundasale, Attanayake’s electorate, are lighting firecrackers to celebrate the UNP’s freeing from his clutches, said these businessmen as well as UNP voters in Kundasale. ‘Sold himself before losing UNP party position!’ “Had Tissa Attanayake not given the way to a Muslim candidate at the 2010 general election and got himself appointed to parliament on the national list, he would not have been in even a Pradeshiya Sabha by now. Attanayake glowed […]

Rs. 200 million , a vehicle and portfolio

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‘‘We gave away a skeleton of a parrot & got a young one” – Ranil in Kandy “Ven. Sir, yesterday we gave away a ‘Naatu Girawa’ (skeleton of a parrot) of ours to the president and got a ‘Hedakara Maala Giraviyak’ (a very beautiful she parrot) from him,” said opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to Mahanayake of Malwatte Chapter, Most. Ven. Tibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera in Kandy today (09). In a very relaxed and friendly tone, the opposition leader also told the Mahanayake Thera, “In foreign countries, rats jump out of sinking ships. But, what our rats do is to jump into sinking ships. We hear that the Broadcasting Corporation has stopped airing ‘Maithri Bhavana’ now. Don’t know who advices these people in that manner? All […]