17th December 2016

impossible to reconcile in SiLanka

17th December 2016 // 0 Comments

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and leader of Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance R. Sampanthan have sought former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s support for the ongoing constitutional reform efforts in Sri Lanka. In the first instance of reaching out to the former President, ousted in the presidential and parliamentary elections of 2015, the leaders asked Mr. Rajapaksa, as “a senior and respected leader”, to back the national unity government and other political parties working with it to remake the country’s Constitution, The Hindu learns. The meeting held at the Prime Minister’s office in Parliament last week was reportedly prompted by President Maithripala Sirisena, who is said to be keen that the former President be brought on board while the country embarks on a new Constitution. It […]

Don’t see MR making a comeback: PM

17th December 2016 // 0 Comments

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in a recent interview with The Hindu had said people would realise, as new policies succeed, that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was a failure and that he couldn’t see Rajapaksa making a comeback. When asked whether he was concerned over the possibility of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s comeback, the Prime Minister said Mahinda Rajapaksa couldn’t afford to be out of the SLFP and he would lose his base and the party could take disciplinary action. “In my view, as time goes on he will lose the base support he has, because times are changing and the younger voters are not with him. So, if they miss out on the younger voters, there will be other parties who will try to cater to them. […]

Mangala says protesters were not Lankan Tamils, but those of Indian origin

17th December 2016 // 0 Comments

By Dasun Edirisinghe reporting from Kuala Lumpur Tamils who protested in Malaysia against alleged war crimes were not Sri Lankans, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. He said Tamils of Indian origin had organised demonstrations against Sri Lanka without knowing the new government’s commitment to reconciliation. Ruling out Lankan Tamil diaspora carrying out protests against Sri Lanka in Malaysia, Samaraweera asked them to visit Sri Lanka to see for themselves the change that had taken place. “I am not blaming Tamil diaspora for organising protests. They were carried out by a group of extremists,” he said. He said there were Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim diaspora abroad who were aware of the country’s reconciliation drive after President Maithripala Sirisena came to power on […]