This article was Posted on 17th December 2014 Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, taking part in an interview on Derana TV on Monday, defended the government much better than most ruling party politicians who make a lot of noise in dramedies that are political debates but leave the viewers unconvinced and disappointed in the end. He, as usual, tore into the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which, he said, remained committed to a separate state and had a visceral antipathy towards President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Interestingly, a discerning viewer phoned in to inquire from the Defence Secretary whether the government, having raked the TNA over the coals, would not find itself in a dilemma if that party ever decided to offer its support to President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Gotabhaya, who […]
7th November 2018
In an interview with The National, Mr Amunugama defended the government of Mahinda Rajapaksa against accusations of the first coup in Sri Lanka’s history, bribing MPs to obtain support in parliament and delaying a vote until it has the majority it needs. “They would have done absolutely the same,” he said, referring to removed prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his supporters, who are operating a parallel government less than two kilometres away. China now controls a deep sea port in Mr Rajapaksa’s home town of Hambantota, giving it a dock for its navy, although Sri Lankan officials say any military use of the port would require its approval. China owns the port on a 99-year lease, which leaves plenty of time for that to change as Sri […]
The Maha Sangha yesterday convened to demand President Maithripala Sirisena to reconvene Parliament soon to end the political crisis which has engulfed the island nation for the past two weeks since the abrupt dismissal of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on 26 October by the President. A large group of Buddhist monks gathered near the Buddha statue at Viharamahadevi Park in Colombo and walked to New Town Hall to hold a rally to “reconvene Parliament and honour democracy”. Prior to attending the convention at Town Hall, the Maha Sangha came to Temple Trees and blessed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The Maha Sangha, who chanted Seth Pirith, invoked blessings on Wickremesinghe and proceeded to Colombo New Town Hall where the summit was to be held. President Sirisena […]
Nanayakkara crosses over, says new Govt. illegal as per Speaker’s statement Says it’s only the beginning Sends instructions to ministries and IGP quoting Speaker’s statement Informs Government officials of negative repercussions if orders by new appointees are carried out By Chathuri Dissanayake In a fresh turn in the maze that is the country’s current political crisis, the United National Party (UNP) yesterday made fresh claims over Manusha Nanayakkara’s support, as the ministers of the Cabinet which existed before 26 October 2018 hurried to reclaim office. Nanayakkara is said to have resigned from his new post as the Deputy Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment in the Sirisena-Rajapaksa Government. With Nanayakkara failing to come before the media to declare his support to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, […]
Former Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Vice President Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman says that the discussions held with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which aimed at obtaining TNA members’ support for Mahinda Rajapaksa to form a new government, were unsuccessful. He made this statement responding to inquires about his tweet which said that he’s holding discussions with few TNA members with the support of diaspora. He stated that although he requested TNA members to accept ministerial portfolios and serve Tamil people, they refused it. TNA MP Mavai Senathirajah refuses this statement, and says that they have no political commitment with Karuna Amman and did not hold any discussions.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today appealed to Tamils and Muslims in the country to support him. Speaking at a United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) rally in Battaramulla today, Rajapaksa assured that he will work towards addressing the issues of the Tamils and Muslims which he refused to do so when he was in power from 2004 to 2015. Mahinda has the President of Sri Lanka in 2009 promised to implement 13+ amendment to the constitution of the country which was more than the current constitution if he is allowed to kill the LTTE. The western world leaders believed him and turned away and more than 40,000 Tamil civilians and more than 1,000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with White Flag after UN negotiated […]