12th November 2018

No Congratulatory messages from foreign leaders to Mahinda.

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No heads of government or state have so far sent congratulatory messages to new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Foreign Ministry has confirmed. However, a spokesperson also said it was because the Cabinet of Ministers was only finalised on Friday and, therefore, a list had not been sent out to Sri Lanka’s missions abroad for dissemination to host nations. “The Cabinet of Ministers was only finalised on Friday and Parliament was subsequently dissolved the same night,” the spokesperson said yesterday. “What we have at present is a caretaker Government. The new list will be sent following elections in January.” The name of the Prime Minister is also normally sent with the list of Cabinet Ministers, she said. “Since the list of Cabinet Ministers was not […]

What happened to Maithiri’s assassination plot?

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The People’s Movement for a Just Society says the President can now carry out an extensive investigation over the alleged assassination plot of VVIPs revealed by Namal Kumara. Chairman of the Movement Professor Sarath Wijesuriya speaking at a conference in Colombo said the relevant investigations can be carried out promptly as the Sri Lanka Police is now under the President. Wijesuriya questioned why the matter wasn’t been spoken of now, as the President now has the ability to carry out investigations that were neglected in the past. He added such actions show President Maithripala Sirisena acted in an unethical manner against the law and violated the Constitution. Professor Sarath Wijesuriya further said the President must be defeated with the public mandate as he has violated the Constitution. […]

Eight Western diplomats shun meeting with Sri Lanka minister on political crisis

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COLOMBO (Reuters) – Eight Western countries stayed away from a meeting with Sri Lanka’s government on Monday to register their protest against President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve parliament, diplomatic and government sources said. Japanese officials have said they will halt a $1.4 billion soft loan for a light rail project while the United States is holding off on a $480 million infrastructure grant until the political crisis is resolved and democratic rights are restored. The EU has warned it could withdraw trade concessions if Sri Lanka backs off commitments on rights. Sri Lanka has been in political turmoil since Sirisena fired Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last month and appointed a pro-China former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, in his place.   Foreign Minister Sarath Amunugama called […]

We will form a broader and fresh alliance to save Sri Lanka: Ranil

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Nov 12, 2018 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s ousted Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the political parties of United National Front are expecting to form a new political alliance. Releasing a special statement Wickremesinghe said they are currently discussing about building a broader people’s organization to save the country from the current situation. Wickremesinghe criticized the President for dissolving the Parliament unconstitutionally. Meanwhile, former Parliamentarian S M Marikkar says that UNP party members are of the view that party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe should step down making the way for Sajith Premadasa to become party leader. Speaking at a press conference held at Temple Trees yesterday, Marikkar added that former Premier Wickremesinghe led the party for more than 24 years and the people are now requesting a […]