5th November 2018

”Basil will show 113 MPs” says Maithri & ”Prez Maithiri promised to show 113 MPs” says Basil

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as the Prime Minister without a majority support in the parliament. Although he stated that he will show the support of 113 MPs after the swearing in ceremony, so far Mahinda’s team has failed to do so. Mahinda’s team attracted several MPs offering Rs 500 million money bags and ministerial portfolios; however, it still has not gained the support of 113 MPs. Rs 500 million money bags will be reportedly increased up to Rs 1000 million bags. An MP, who was recently appointed as a minster of the Mahinda Rajapaksa government, asked President Maithripala Sirisena, “Where’re the 113 MPs, sir?” The President angrily responded that he never promised to show 113 MPs’ support. He had further said that […]

Rajapaksa back in power, China already established in Sri Lanka, can be expected to be even more assertive now.

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President Maithripala Sirisena in a dramatic move on October 26 installed former president Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister, in place of his coalition partner Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, leader of the United National Party (UNP). Evidently, political expediency prompted the president to ignore the inconvenient fact that it was the support of Wickremesinghe and the UNP that enabled him to come to power, defeating Rajapaksa in the presidential election. The President’s surprise action was well orchestrated with his Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP)-led United Peoples Front Alliance (UPFA) and the pro-Rajapaksa Joint Opposition (JO) group withdrawing support to the Wickremesinghe government. After sacking the incumbent PM Wickremesinghe, the President prorogued the parliament till November 16, preventing Wickremesinghe from seeking a vote of confidence in parliament. […]

Mahinda has NOT got Majority yet so ”That Parliament Would be Re-convened on November 14th 2018 at 10 am NOT 7th 2018”.

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Mahinda has NOT got Majority yet so ”That Parliament Would be Re-convened on November 14th 2018 at 10 am” President Sirisena Announces Via Gazette Notification That Parliament Would be Re-convened on November 14th 2018 at 10 am President has now reneged on his previous words that parliament will meet on the 7th and set a new date which is unlike to please anyone except those in the Mahinda Rajapaksa camp, It is believed that Mahinda group has not yet managed to get the majority 113 MP’s.  It is claimed that Mahinda group is offering one Million dollar and a Ministerial post to any MP from Ranils group to cross over, to date they have managed to buy 5 MP’s. President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday announced, through […]

Speaker Recognises Ranil Wickremesinghe As PM: Full Text Of Karu Jayasuriya’s Statement

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Speaker Recognises Ranil Wickremesinghe As PM: Full Text Of Karu Jayasuriya’s Statement Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Issues Statement Recognizing the “Status Quo” That Existed Before Oct 26th Until a Majority is Proved by a “New” Group. Sri Lanka’s Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has said that he is recognizing the status quo before the political crisis that was triggered on October 26, until a majority is prove by a new group. He said a majority of members had pointed out to him that recent events were unconstitutional and against the traditions of the country and had asked for the situation before the crisis (state quo ante) to be recognized. Until a group “demonstrates a majority in parliament I re-iterate that I am compelled to recognize the situation that […]

MR-MS Controlling Private Media Coverage On Political Crisis: Only Two TV Stations Gave Coverage To Range’s Revelations On Bribing MPs

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MR-MS Controlling Private Media Coverage On Political Crisis: Only Two TV Stations Gave Coverage To Range’s Revelations On Bribing MPs UNP’s Ajith P. Perera said only two Television stations, gave coverage to the revelations made by UNP State Minister Palitha Range Bandara yesterday, on alleged attempts made by the Sirisena-Rajapaksa camp to bribe him to switch allegiance in Parliament. Palitha Range Bandara Addressing a press conference at Temple Trees this morning, Perera raised doubts if the Rajapaksa camp was influencing private media even before they formed a legitimate government. “The SLRC and ITN are being used in a despicable manner for their own propaganda. And it is now clear that they are exercising control over the private media as well,” he said Perera said both Upali Tennakoon […]

The No Holds Barred Game Of “Grabbing” Sri Lankan Members of Parliament 💰

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The No Holds Barred Game Of “Grabbing” Sri Lankan Members of Parliament 💰 By D.B.S.Jeyaraj The continuing political crisis in Sri Lanka has resulted in a great numbers game being played now. The aim of the game is to gain majority support among members of Parliament. Both Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as well as the purported Prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa who was appointed amidst controversial circumstances by President Maithripala Sirisena need to command the confidence of the House when the currently prorogued Parliament is re-convened.The immediate objective of both the Maithripala -Mahinda camp as well as the Ranil Wickremesinghe camp is to win the numbers game.Both sides need the minimum magic number of 113 to gain a majority of at least one in a legislature of 225. […]

Money printing up by 36.61% to Rs 119.46B Since Mahinda’s Appointment

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By Paneetha  Ameresekere The Central Bank of Sri Lanka’s (CBSL’s) lending to the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL), commonly known as money printing (MP), increased by 36.61 per cent (Rs 32,014 million) to Rs 119,463.60 million since Mahinda Rajapaksa assumed duties as the country’s new Prime Minister and Finance Minister, after markets closed last Friday (26), data showed. In contrast, a year ago on Thursday, 2 November, 2017, MP was a mere Rs 33,822.04 million; a year-on-year (YoY) increase of 253.21 per cent (Rs 85,641.56 million) since. In related developments, in the week ended Friday (2 November), week on week, GoSL’s MP borrowing costs (BCs) increased by 24.35 per cent (Rs 550.26 million) to Rs 2,809.66 million. However, a year ago, GoSL’s MPBCs were a […]

Range Bandara claims bribe offered Produces recordings of offers

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By Niranjala Ariyawansha  Member of Parliament of the Puttalam District, Range Bandara yesterday produced voice tapes containing recordings of telephone conversations with a powerful figure of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), requesting him to join the Government and saying that he will be given Rs 500 million (US Dollars 2.8 million). He produced the recordings at a media briefing held at Temple Trees yesterday. A number of voice tapes containing telephone conversations regarding this deal were produced. The well-known member of the SLFP is a former powerful minister representing the Kandy District. He had telephoned Range Bandara on 1 November. Range Bandara said on this occasion, the powerful SLFP member had offered him, in addition to the Rs. 500 million, a Cabinet post as […]