3rd January 2015

Pro-LTTE groups call for polls boycott – Tigers want Mahinda to return to power by forcing the Northerners not to vote, as they did in 2005

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Pro-LTTE groups call for polls boycott By Upul Joseph Fernando They want Mahinda to return to power by forcing the Northerners not to vote, as they did in 2005 “Did you read Tamilnet?” A Sri Lankan diplomat recently asked this from a journalist. “Why?” “You read and call me.” The journalist replied, “I read Tamilnet. The Tigers appear to be on the stand they were in 2005.” He sounded as if terrified by a nightmare. The diplomat laughed without saying a word. It is not difficult to understand the LTTE’s position when Tamilnet is read. They want to defeat Maithri through a boycott of voting in the Northern Province. They want to see Mahinda win the election. “Tamil people must defeat both Mahinda and Maithripala,” […]

Diaspora split on the Tamil vote

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The Tamil diaspora is split on if the Tamils should vote at the Presidential election next week and who they should support. Most diaspora groups refused to openly back the decision taken by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to support common opposition Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena at the January 8 election. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), a very influential diaspora organisation based in London, which had earlier called on the Tamils to vote, today clarified its stand and said it wants Tamils to vote for the survival of democracy and rule of law. Reverent Father S. J Emmanuel, President of Global Tamil Forum said that the Tamils of Sri Lanka, for the last 66 years, have been victims of the worst human rights violations and […]

GL alleges SLMC-TNA project threatens stability

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By Shamindra Ferdinando External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris yesterday alleged that Opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena had accommodated the TNA and SLMC in his camp at the expense of national interest. Prof. Peiris warned that the country was facing an unprecedented crisis due to the SLMC joining Maithripala Sirisena’s camp after having quit the government over President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s refusal to amalgamate Kalmunai, Sammanthurai and Pottuvil electorates. The SLMC sought cabinet approval for the appointment of an Additional Government Agent for Digamadulla electorate under Section 3 of the Administrative District Act to exercise jurisdiction over the proposed unit. The SLMC sought what it called required financial autonomy for the proposed unit. Prof. Peiris told The Island that the SLMC move should be examined […]

More Crossovers In Next 72 Hours: Gearing Up For “Final Onslaught”

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Multiple sources from both political camps told ‘Asian Mirror’ that there will be more crossovers in the next 72 hours ending with the midnight of January 05. Opposition sources told Asian Mirror that several heavyweights of the ruling party, who hold cabinet portfolios, have agreed to join the Common Opposition before January 05. Some are expected to join the final election rally of Common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena which will take place on January 05. A sizable proportion of Cabinet Ministers and seniors of the ruling party have distanced themselves from the national level campaign of the United People’s Freedom Alliance. Former Deputy Minister Nandimithra Ekanayake, who crossed over to the opposition two days back, told media that a senior Cabinet minister will cross over to […]

Sri Lanka’s Violent Buddhists

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BANGALORE, India — When I met Watareka Vijitha Thero in early 2014 in a suburb of Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, he had been in hiding for nearly five months. The gentle-voiced monk had spoken out against anti-Muslim fearmongering by a hard-line group called the Buddhist Power Force, known by its Sinhalese initials B.B.S. Mr. Vijitha’s car was attacked in retaliation, and he narrowly escaped. “What does it mean for Buddhism if those that speak for communal harmony have to hide in fear?” he asked me. “What does it mean for my country that the government lets these lawless thugs have a free run?” Six months later, Mr. Vijitha was found on a road near Colombo stripped naked and bloody, his hands and legs bound. […]

There is no LTTE now, so how can TNA be a proxy – Sampanthan

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Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader R. Sampanthan told an interview with  that the TNA was prepared to fully cooperate with the Government in resolving the Tamil question within a United, Undivided Sri Lanka. “The TNA is the authentic representative of the Tamil People,” he said. “Our decision is based upon certain fundamental issues pertaining to the country as a whole — issues pertaining to good governance, democracy, supremacy of Parliament, independent judiciary and civil institutions, free media, free civil society and preventing a dictatorship.” Mr. Sampanthan said the LTTE has now been destroyed and in such a scenario how can the TNA be its proxy. “The TNA has never been an LTTE proxy,” he said. QTNA claims MR has failed to address the ethnic issue. […]

I was not allowed to use the powers of my ministry – Faizer Mustapha

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Extremism, a centralized power structure and insufficient powers in his ministry had led him to offer his support to Common Opposition Candidate Maithripala Sirisena at the upcoming Presidential Election.  Following are some excerpts of an interview with former Deputy Minister for Investment Promotion, Faizer Mustapha. QLet’s talk about your cross-over. Why did you decide to support Maithripala Sirisena? It was one of the most difficult decisions that I have ever made. I have always been a great admirer of the President and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. However, certain recent events have made me question if the country has become more secular after the war or if we have moved on from it. The answer to that question is my cross-over. We defeated terrorism with greater […]

TNA And SLMC Support From A Reconciliation Point Of View

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By Laksiri Fernando – TNA and SLMC/NMF support is a welcome development for the common opposition candidate although this move was partly anticipated from the beginning. While the TNA previously announced that they would take a decision by the end of December, it was not clear whether they were simply going to ask the people to vote ‘as they prefer’ or for the ‘best candidate,’ without committing themselves clearly for the opposition. Supporting the incumbent, Mahinda Rajapaksa, was completely out of the question and a boycott of the election also was rightly perceived as unlikely. Among those scenarios, the present position taken by the TNA to actively support is not only positive for the opposition candidate, Maithripala Sirisena, but also good for the future prospects […]

Sri Lanka president asks Tamils to re-elect him as he is a ‘known devil’ who killed their next of skins!

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Sri Lanka president asks Tamils to re-elect him as he is a ‘known devil’ who killed more than 100,000 of their next of skins and now refuses to let the Tamils remember their next of skins as they were killed by his army.  Sri Lanka’s embattled President Mahinda Rajapaksa has urged minority Tamils to back him in next week’s election, calling himself the “known devil,” as he made a final push for votes in the country’s former war zone. While he remains popular among ethnic majority Sinhalese voters, Rajapaksa is widely detested by members of the country’s biggest minority after overseeing the brutal crushing of a 37-year Tamil rebellion in which his army is accused of killing of more than 170,000 Tamils. His Army is […]