20th November 2018

Sacking RW, Appointing MR & Dissolution Of Parliament Are Unconstitutional

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By Suri Ratnapala – Prof. Suri Ratnapala This Opinion addresses the following questions presented by Mr Upul Jayasuriya, Attorney-at-law. 1. Is the purported dismissal Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe from the office of Prime Minister by the President constitutionally valid? 2. Is the purported appointment of Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister constitutionally valid? 3. Is the Presidential Proclamation of November 9, 2018 purporting to dissolve the Parliament constitutionally valid? For the reasons herein stated, the answer to each question is negative. 1. Purported dismissal of the PM and the appointment of another person as PMThe President has no power to dismiss Mr Wickremasinghe as Prime Minister. The argument that the power to appoint the PM carries an inherent power to remove the PM is incorrect. There is no such power […]

Parliamentary democracy in the gutter as Mahinda’s MPs run amok

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By Chandani Kirinde- Lobby Correspondent The events of this week in Sri Lanka’s Parliament will no doubt be remembered for a long time to come for its infamy, but it will also be remembered for the extreme courage with which Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and Parliamentary officials who, in the face of unprecedented violence directed at them, braved it all to ensure that Parliamentary democracy did not bow down to thugs and hooligans who masquerade in the guise of elected representatives. Through three trying days, both the Speaker and the officials were subjected to violence and intimidation by MPs loyal to Mahinda Rajapaksa, as they fought to prevent a vote in Parliament that would have shown clearly that President Maithripala Sirisena’s Prime Ministerial appointee did not […]

President Maithiri and PM Mahinda seem to think the masses are asses.

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Disputant as arbiter – Tuesday 20th November, 2018 Parliamentary proceedings lasted only six minutes or so yesterday, and the House adjourned till next Friday (23). Thankfully, the government MPs did not have enough time to work themselves up into a frenzy and go berserk. However, another Rs. 4.5 million, being the cost of one parliamentary sitting, went down the gurgler. Chaos in the House has apparently become the new normal. Regrettably, the party leaders meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena ended inconclusively, on Sunday evening. A negotiated settlement of the dispute is likely to elude the country as the parties thereto are practising brinkmanship with no heed for the country’s democratic wellbeing and political stability. President Sirisena, who is mainly responsible for the present crisis, is now […]

Any movement opposing Mr. Sirisena and Mr. Rajapaksa must advance a political and economic vision for all Sri Lankans, including the country’s minorities.

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A renewed power play by Mahinda Rajapaksa, who ran the country for a decade, has reignited fears of majoritarianism and trouble for the minorities. By Kitana Ananda and V.V. Ganeshananthan Ms. Ananda is an anthropologist. Ms. Ganeshananthan is a novelist and teaches at the University of Minnesota. Over the past few weeks, Sri Lanka has faced a moral and political crisis that threatens to undermine hope for democracy. On Oct. 26, Maithripala Sirisena, the president of Sri Lanka, appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa, the polarizing former president who ran Sri Lanka from 2005 to 2014, to replace the incumbent prime minister, Ranil Wickremasinghe. At the heart of the crisis is Mr. Sirisena’s seeking to strengthen his political future through an alliance with Mr. Rajapaksa, who is making a bid for power. The prospect of Mr. […]

Sirisena days that He Did not Know About Police Action While Being the Law and Order Minister in Charge of the Police.

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Hirunika Premachandra MP Mocks Maithripala Sirisena for Telling Bodu Bala Sena That He Did not Know About Police Action While Being the Law and Order Minister in Charge of the Police. UNP Parliamentarian Hirunika Premachandra said President Maithripala Sirisena’s habit of passing the bucks had not changed even after the appointment of his chosen Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa “When Ranil Wickremesinghe was the Prime Minister was the Prime Minister, President Sirisena often said he got to know things from the newspapers. The remark he made today, during a meeting with Bodu Bala Sena monks, show that his habits still remain the same,” Premachandra said addressing a press conference at Temple Trees. Continue reading ‘Hirunika Premachandra MP Mocks Maithripala Sirisena for Telling Bodu Bala Sena That […]

Sri Lankan asylum seeker in UK awarded £19,500 in damages

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A Sri Lankan asylum seeker who says he was tortured in his home country has been awarded nearly £20,000 in damages from the Home Office for his unlawful detention, Asian Age reported. The man, referred to only as KG for legal reasons, was unlawfully held in immigration detention for 30 days between January and February 2016 because of a failure to arrange a medical examination within 24 hours of his admission.  A judge sitting at the High Court in London has now awarded him a total of £19,500. Ruling on the sum to be paid to the 29-year-old, Judge Alison Foster QC said there was “independent medical evidence consistent with what he says about his treatment in Sri Lanka” and found that KG was “vulnerable […]

Speaker Promises Stern Action On MPs Who Breached Discipline In Parliament

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, addressing a party leaders meeting earlier today, had raised grave concerns over the developments that took place in parliament, last week. Issuing a statement a short while ago, the Speaker’s Office said Jayasuriya promised strict action on those who breached discipline in the House by launching chilli powder attacks, bringing knives into the chamber, damaging public property and misusing the Speaker’s Chair. ACTION ON Bringing sharp objects into the Chamber, Using chilli powder in the Chamber, Misusing the Speaker’s Chair. NO ACTION ON ? VIDEO EVIDENCE IS AVAILABLE (These actions are punishable by law) Assaulting police officers Breaking Speakers mike Breaking Chairs and throwing at others Rs. 4.5 million, being the cost of one parliamentary sitting, went down the gurgles.  The Speaker added he […]