21st November 2018

“Sirisena has a hidden agenda” Kumara welgama – “Why should the Mahinda remain as PM forcibly,”

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While on to its fourth consecutive week of political instability, Sri Lanka is once again in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. With a confused Government, the people have started questioning their democratic rights. It was quite evident that members of the Joint Opposition showed little or no respect when they disrupted Parliamentary sessions twice. On both occasions, the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) failed to show their majority. “Why should the UPFA remain in Government forcibly,” questioned United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) heavyweight Kumara Welgama while speaking to the media last Friday. He also said that he would never accept a ministerial post in the coalition Government. In a candid interview with the Daily Mirror, Welgama reiterated on the possible alternatives Mahinda Rajapaksa could have […]

After a total of four defeats in under a month, President Maithripala and his appointed PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, yet, continue to cling to office

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After a total of four defeats in under a month, President Maithripala Sirisena and his appointed Premier, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, yet, continue to cling to office. Those defeats comprised two in Parliament, one due to possible international pressure and the other in Court. The defeats in Parliament were when the House, on two consecutive days, on Wednesday (14 November) and on Thursday, respectively, voted out of office Rajapaksa as Premier, by garnering a majority 122 anti-Rajapaksa votes in the 225-seat Parliament, which majority vote however, Sirisena continues not to recognize, giving one excuse after another for such refusals. These defeats in the Legislature were preceded by the President being forced to reduce his original prorogation period of Parliament by two days, from 15 November […]

Coup Sri Lanka: some winners, mostly losers

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As a president proves shockingly stubborn, a nation waits with baited breath as to what His Excellency the loose cannon on a rocky slope will do next. Two Prime Ministers and the fates of their respective parliamentary groups hang in the balance like trapeze artistes. A Court bides its time until submissions and counter-submissions are made, and half the polity chews their fingernails in no little anxiety. That the final judgment will steer the ship of State in one of two directions is evident. To safe harbour for a brief while at least or stormy open seas yet again. There is a plethora of small to medium-scale and even larger players scrabbling for a footing on these shifting political sands. Buff, polish, buffer, pad up, […]

Namal follows Father Mahinda’s step in fooling the people – Mahinda’s SLPP MP’s ‘SECRET’ meeting of members of the international community

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Canada’s High Commissioner David McKinnon called out Sri Lanka MP Namal Rajapakse for his comments on twitter today. “Interesting to see UNP, JVP and TNA politicians meeting with the members of the international community. Perhaps if more effort was given towards meeting with the people of Sri Lanka and paying heed to their hope for elections, Sri Lanka can finally achieve its fullest potential,” Rajapakse tweeted. McKinnon responded in kind to Rajapakse, citing double standards. “You might ask some of your Podujana Party (SLPP) colleagues who they’re meeting with,” he said in response. The Oct. 26 Nominated government of President Sirisena was struggling to find international recognition, after losing two votes of no confidence in Sri Lanka’s parliament. Mahinda and his group who came to power […]

How the Current political instability has impacted the economy so far

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How the Current political instability has impacted the economy so far  • IMF funding stopped    Value – USD  – 1.85 Bn • USA 🇺🇸Funding Stopped    Value – USD  – 490 Million • Japan 🇯🇵Funding Stopped    Value – USD  1.4 Billion • Investments taken out from the       Sri Lankan Share market  Value – Rs . 30 Billion and counting • The losses due to Deprecating Rupee against the Dollar   Value – Easily over Rs 100 Billion in just one month. • Losses to the Tourism industry due to booking cancellations  Value – USD  50 Mn and counting in just 1 Month. • High risk of loosing the GSP Concession • High risk of EU sanction for Fish exports • The UN human rights and […]

Sri Lanka is on the brink of economic anarchy and chaos: Mangala

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Nov 20, 2018 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s former Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera says that Sri Lanka is on the brink of economic anarchy and chaos as never experienced before. Releasing a statement, Samaraweera says the cavalier and irresponsible actions starting on October 26th places at risk Sri Lanka’s ability to meet its immediate debt obligations. “In early January 2019, we have to repay US$ 1 billion of Rajapaksa debt taken in January 2014, the repayment of which is also under the purview of Parliament,” “The actions of 26th October have irreversibly undermined Sri Lanka’s credibility in global markets – risking our ability to service future debt as well,” “All payments of government from 1st January 2019 are illegal and cannot be affected by public servants. Some […]

If Mahinda was keen on fresh General Elections, why did he accept the post of PM?

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By Mass l. Usuf As I sit to write this column, I am reminded of an article that I wrote to a website titled, ‘Pre-And Post-2015 Rajapaksa And The Road To 2020’ dated 15 February. I quote: ‘Pre-2015 His post-war victory speech in May 2009 still reverberates in our ears. The then President Mahinda Rajapaksa went on to say, “There are no minorities… We are one nation… We must live like children of one mother…All people in this country must live without fear and suspicion…To protect the Tamil speaking people is my responsibility.” Maha Rajanano Unfortunately, this euphoria did not last long. Seemingly, the noble expressions turned out to be despicable political rhetoric. In contrast to the humbleness of winning the hearts and minds of […]

Mahinda Gang charged with serious crimes ranging from murder, financial embezzlement, money laundering, and corruptional abuse

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A Politico-Criminal Gang Battling The Constitution By Shyamon Jayasinghe – Shyamon Jayasinghe “Officials who carry out illegal orders will have to learn from the  plight of Lalith Weeratunge who is behind bars while the boss is safe in the arms, not of Jesus, but of Legal Immunity.” The Profile of the Gang Evidently clear, Sri Lanka now is the unfortunate scene of a politco-criminal gang running a government by sheer force against a democratically mandated government that is trying hard to save the constitution from the ravage of the monsters.  This isn’t a surprise to political observers. With hindsight, at least, we know it had to happen. Look at the key front-liners of the Mahinda Rajapaksa-led joint opposition – Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Basil Rajapaksa, Wimal Weerawansa, Gammanpila, Johnston Fernando, […]