10th January 2015

I Cannot Accept the Defeat Caused by the Tamils: Mahinda Rajapaksa

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At the Presidential Election because of the Voting Strength of the Tamils in Srilanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa got defeated and lost his power. But Mahinda says that he is refused to accept this defeat, because it has been caused only by the Tamils. Before the elections results are fully announced, abruptly in the middle of the night, Mahinda left the Presidential Palace Temple Trees in a hurried manner. From Colombo city he went to Hambantota in Medamulana, where he got his own house. At this place lots of his supporters were gathered together to support him. In their midst, Mahinda gave an emotional speech as follows: “The Prime reason for the defeat in the Presidential Election is caused by the Vote banks of the Tamils from […]

Sri Lankan presidential election, 2015 – THE RESULTS

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Sri Lankan presidential election, 2015 – THE RESULTS Sirsena was declared the winner after receiving 51.28% of all votes cast compared to Rajapaksa’s 47.58%.[7] Rajapaksa had earlier conceded defeat after meeting Wickremesinghe and assuring him of a smooth transition of power.[271][272] Rajapaksa then left his official residence Temple Trees.[273][274] Sirsena was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s sixth executive president before Supreme Court judge K. Sripavan in Independence Square, Colombo at 6.20pm on 9 January 2015.[275][276] It is custom for the president to be sworn in before the chief justice but Sirsena had refused to be sworn in before Chief Justice Peiris who had been appointed by Rajapaksa after the controversial impeachment of the previous chief justice.[277][278]Immediately afterwards, Wickremesinghe was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new […]

‘Gentleman of Sri Lankan Politicians’ becomes the PM.

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Rt Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister yesterday (09) for a third time, last held that position 11 years ago, in 2004. While he had been on a visit to the US, the then president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga as the president of the country dissolved the Wickremesinghe government as per the constitution power she had as the than President, took over several ministries and Wickremesinghe lost his position as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. As UNPers were preparing to take to the streets in order for the reinstatement of Wickremesinghe a known ‘Gentleman of Sri Lankan Politicians’ who puts the country before his personnal interest to become the countries leader, he returned from the US and told them […]

Mahinda falls for trap he had set for Chandrika!

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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

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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

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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 […]

Tamil diaspora keen to engage

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The Tamil Diaspora have called on the new Government and President Maithripala Sirisena to engage with the Diaspora in good faith and in a meaningful and constructive way. Reacting to the defeat of President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the election, the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) said that the Tamils and Tamil speaking Muslims had rejected the way the minority communities were treated under former Government by coming out and voting unprecedentedly in high numbers. “Final results show, although President Sirisena had support in the South, the overwhelming support he gained from people in North, East and Up-country reversed any majority that Mahinda Rajapaksa won in other parts of the country and made him the victor,” GTF spokesman Suren Surendiran said. He said the GTF hopes President […]

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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Maithri gets boost from Obama

10th January 2015 // 0 Comments

US President Barack Obama praised Sri Lanka’s “successful and peaceful” presidential elections and congratulated the outgoing administration on a “swift and orderly transfer of power.” “Beyond the significance of this election to Sri Lanka, it is also a symbol of hope for those who support democracy all around the world,” the US president said in a statement, according to the AFP news agency. President Mahinda Rajapakse, Asia’s longest-serving leader, conceded defeat in Sri Lanka on Friday, after a bitter campaign in which he faced allegations of corruption and a failure to bring about post-war reconciliation. “I congratulate the people of Sri Lanka on the successful and peaceful conclusion of Sri Lanka’s presidential election and incoming President Maithripala Sirisena on his victory,” Obama said. “I also […]

Cameron Calls on New Lanka President to Aid UN Rights Probe

10th January 2015 // 0 Comments

British Prime Minister David Cameron today called on Sri Lankan President-elect Maithripala Sirisena to facilitate the UN investigation into human rights abuses in the country. In his congratulatory message released by Downing Street here, Cameron expressed hope that the issues of the past will be addressed. In his statement, he said, “I congratulate Maithripala Sirisena on his victory in yesterday’s Presidential election. When I visited Sri Lanka I saw the huge potential the country has, and wish him well in taking every opportunity to help realise this potential and lead a stable, prosperous, united country”. “These peaceful, democratic elections are a credit to all those involved and the people of Sri Lanka. I welcome the fact that outgoing President (Mahinda) Rajapaksa has accepted the democratic […]

Tamils Within The Circuit Of Power Or At The Habitual Barricade?

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By S. Sivathasan – The hour produced the man. The nation endorsed his credentials. The leader of choice Maithripala Sirisena, who scored a resounding victory is now President by right. The nation has spoken loud and clear. The mandate is unmistakeable. Cleanse the past and build anew. All join in the process the Government would say. Respond positively, Tamils would urge of the TNA.  Change of Tack The caption of the article, is the critical question for the Tamil leadership. A response cannot be evaded after the common collective has scored a landmark victory. Tamils have made their contribution, setting aside their past disappointments. When a community, very much in a mellowed temper thrusts its tested leadership into the corridors of power, it certainly has […]

Rajapaksa Defeated; Wimalaya, SB And The Inside Story

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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 […]

Baird Congratulates Sri Lankans on Successful Presidential Election

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http://www.international.gc.ca/media/aff/news-communiques/2015/01/09b.aspx?lang=eng Baird Congratulates Sri Lankans on Successful Presidential Election January 9, 2015 – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today released the following statement regarding the presidential elections in Sri Lanka: “Canada congratulates the millions of Sri Lankans who went to the polls and peacefully exercised their democratic right to vote. We welcome Maithripala Sirisena as president of Sri Lanka. “We wish to recognize the key role played by Sri Lankan civil society during the election process, noting that this was the first time that domestic observers were granted access to the counting centres. “Canada also commends the critical role played by Sri Lanka’s Election Commissioner in creating the conditions for Sri Lankans to freely express their will. “It is our hope that President Sirisena seizes his […]

British Tamil Forum response to the election results and the new government in Sri Lanka.

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The presidential election in Sri Lanka has just concluded and the present government has lost the elections, but this will not still resolve the immediate issues faced by the Tamil people nor address the fundamental issue that has affected the Tamils in Sri Lanka for a very long time. As stated by the newly sworn in president in his election manifesto, the policy towards giving autonomy to the Tamil people, de-militarisation of the Tamil areas and cooperation with the UNHRC’s international inquiry will remain the same. The fundamental issue that has fuelled this conflict for well over 60 years since the independence of Sri Lanka or Ceylon is the nature of the state, which needs to be structurally reformed. Only a political solution recognising the […]

”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. […]

Sampanthan Thanks Tamil’s for Extending Support to President Maithripala Sirisena

10th January 2015 // 0 Comments

Sampanthan Thanks Tamil’s for Extending Support to President Maithripala Sirisena in Accordance with the Advice of the TNA (Text of Press Release Issued by the Tamil National Alliance) The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) extends its warmest congratulations to President-Elect Mr Maithripala Sirisena. The TNA extends to the people of Sri Lanka – in particular to the people of the North-East – its sincere thanks for extending their overwhelming support to President-Elect Mr Maithripala Sirisena in accordance with the advice of the TNA. The new President Mr Maithripala Sirisena has to address urgently many grave issues the country faces, including an honourable resolution of the national question so as to enable the Tamil speaking people of Sri Lanka to be true beneficiaries of democracy. R. Sampanthan […]