11th November 2018

With the political situation heating up, there is now a very real risk of violence.

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Dear Friends, Sri Lanka has just been plunged yet deeper into a crisis of democracy, after President Sirisena announced late yesterday evening that he was dissolving the country’s Parliament. You can read our blog piece about what’s just happened, and what it means, here. It is the latest in a string of illegal and unconstitutional moves by the President, which began a fortnight ago with the attempt to dismiss serving Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinge and replace him with Mahinda Rajapaksa, an alleged war criminal responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of his own citizens. The dissolution of Parliament is a sign that that initial plan – which we and many others have described as an attempted coup – is failing. Despite the use of threats and […]

Screw President, we won’t be joining Pohottuwa – Amunugama, Amaraweera, Duminda to have a firm stand

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Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakshe, who happens to be a traditional loyalist to Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), left the party his father helped building up and took the official membership of Sri Lanka People’s Front (Pohottuwa) established only recently. Earlier, several young members of the SLFP including Namal Rajapakshe left the party and took membership of the Pohottuwa, while another group of old members of the SLFP had done the same. By now, the number of former parliamentarians who took membership of the Pohottuwa by abandoning SLFP has exceeded 50. It has been reported recently that Mahinda’s aim is to push ahead for the upcoming elections through Pohottuwa symbol, and as of now the reports have been turned out to be true. However, many former […]

Will SC would nullify Prez’s order to dissolve the parliament?

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Within the background of several petitions to SC against the legality of dissolution of parliament, I must say that this change of party membership has to be viewed with lots of skepticism about possible threat to the independence of the justice in general & of the SC in particular. That is b’cos, SC decision on the said issue has direct implications on the mp positions. According the constitution, mp s are required to stay within the original party until parliament is dissolved and therefore, if the SC nullified the Prez order to dissolve the parliament, any mp who change party membership will lose their mp position. SLPP is not even an accepted party in the current parliament nor is it a member of UPFA until […]

Mahinda and 40 SLFP MPs joining SLPP – Maithiri and SLFP in the bin

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By Shamindra Ferdinando Former Kalutara District MP Rohitha Abeygunawardena yesterday said that the decision had been taken after carefully studying the ground realities. The former MP acknowledged the impact their action could have on the SLFP. The PM went ahead with his anticipated move in spite of strong attempts by the SLFP to discourage them obtaining SLPP membership. A smiling Abeygunawardena said that he too along with many other former lawmakers would take SLPP membership today (Nov 11). The Island raised the issue at a special media briefing called by SLPP Chairman Prof. G. L. Peiris at the Prime Minister’s Office at Flower Road yesterday about an hour before former MPs were to take SLPP membership. Asked by The Island whether the move could undermine […]

Muralitharan says Upcountry Tamils don’t want Democracy or Human Rights but FOOD.

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Muralitharan’s paternal grandfather Periyasamy Sinasamy was brought by British as working slaves from South India to work in the tea plantations of central Sri Lanka in 1820 hence it seems that the blood of being a working Indian slave runs in Murali. It is claimed that Mura’s great parents or other Upcountry Tamils who were brought in 1820 as working slaves to  work in the tea Plantation by the British were only concerned about food and must not think about Human Rights or Democracy because the Sinhala majority will not give equal rights to the minority in Sri Lanka. The Sinhalese have not given equal rights to Northern Tamils or Muslims who have been living since 1200 to 1101 BC hence it is difficult to accept that the Sinhala […]