2nd November 2018

The Citizen’s coverage of the current political crisis in Sri Lanka

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The Citizen’s coverage of the current political crisis in Sri Lanka  COLOMBO: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s party, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), has unofficially decided not to claim any place in the Council of Ministers to allow the distribution of slots to those MPs from the opposition United National Front (UNF) who may cross over to give the government a majority in parliament. Revealing this on Wednesday, two informed source said that the SLPP has informally  agreed to take portfolios only if there are vacancies. “It is a sacrifice to attain the main objective of preventing the return of Ranil Wickremesinghe and his government,” one source said. According to SLPP sources parliament will meet, as declared by President Maitrhipala  Sirisena, only on […]

The Sirisena-Rajapaksa Govt Wants ti Sabotage Investigations Into Several High Profile Accountability and Mega-Corruption Cases by Rajapakshe family.

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“Purawesi Balaya” Co-convenor Gamini Viyangoda Alleges That the “Illegally Constituted Sirisena-Rajapaksa Govt Wants ti Sabotage Investigations Into Several High Profile Accountability and Mega-Corruption Cases. By Shamindra Ferdinando Purawesi Balaya co-convenor Gamini Viyangoda alleges that what he calls the illegally constituted Sirisena-Rajapaksa government wants to sabotage investigations into several high profile accountability and mega corruption cases. Dismissing President Maithripala Sirisena’s claims that he had invited his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa to take over premiership due to alleged conspiracy targeting him, Viyangoda insisted that both parties wanted to derail investigations. Viyangoda alleged that President Sirisena had conveniently forgotten why he had been fielded as common candidate at the January 2015 presidential polls by a coalition comprising the UNP, the JVP, the SLMC and a collective of civil society […]

Mahinda says there will be NO parliament vote on rival PMs

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Mahinda unable to buy more MP’s? – New twists in Sri Lanka’s political crisis fuel uncertainty Week-long turmoil shows no sign of abating as president’s party says there will be no parliament vote on rival PMs. by Zaheena Rasheed & Rathindra Kuruwita Colombo, Sri Lanka – For a brief moment on Thursday, it appeared as though Sri Lankan politicians might be able to return soon to the country’s suspended parliament to thrash out their differences over who should be prime minister – and thus end an acrimonious power struggle that has shaken the South Asian nation. The idea took shape in the morning when newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa told academics at his office that President Maithripala Sirisena had decided to lift the suspension and resume sessions on […]

Change of govt. aimed at derailing high-profile probes

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Civil Society activist: Change of govt. aimed at derailing high-profile probes … accepts Prez criticism of UNP over bond scams By Shamindra Ferdinando Purawesi Balaya co-convenor Gamini Viyangoda alleges that what he calls the illegally constituted Sirisena-Rajapaksa government wants to sabotage investigations into several high profile accountability and mega corruption cases. Dismissing President Maithripala Sirisena’s claims that he had invited his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa to take over premiership due to alleged conspiracy targeting him, Viyangoda insisted that both parties wanted to derail investigations. Viyangoda alleged that President Sirisena had conveniently forgotten why he had been fielded as common candidate at the January 2015 presidential polls by a coalition comprising the UNP, the JVP, the SLMC and a collective of civil society organizations. The civil society activist alleged […]

Rajapakshe trying to sweep the Avant-Garde Fraud case under the carpet.

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Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, who was highly critical on the newly appointed Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said what he said about him in the recent past had come true today. “I disclosed in Parliament that Mr Rajapakshe was trying to sweep the Avant-Garde case under the carpet. I also told the people in Maharagama not to vote for him as his heart was with Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa. Therefore what I have said about him had come true,” Fonseka said. He refuted the statement made by President Maithripala Sirisena that North and East were to be merged. “There was never such a move; no one has even spoken about merging the Northern Province and the Eastern Province,” he said Responding to a question on the allegation that […]

Sri Lanka’s MPs for SALE – Can be purchased by the Highest Bidder (Currently offered US$2.8 million and a ministerial portfolio by Rajapakshe)

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Latest Offer – UNP MP Palitha Range Bandara revealed today that he was offered US$2.8 million and a ministerial portfolio to join the government. * According to SLPP sources parliament will meet, as declared by President Maitrhipala  Sirisena, only on November 16. This gives Sirisena and his newly appointed Prime Minister Rajapaksa time to ‘BUY’ MPs from the UNF. * So far, FIVE United National Party (UNP) MPs  have joined: Wijedasa Rajapakshe, Wasantha Senanayake, Dunesh Gankanda, Ananda Aluthgamage and Vadivel Suresh. * The Muslim parties are presently with the UNP-led UNF, but they could switch at any time, even at the last moment as they did before the January 2015 Presidential election. * The Indian Origin Tamil parties are currently with the UNF but could change over time […]