Former Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran said yesterday that the current political crisis could be resolved by forming a national government with the involvement of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. He expressed his views while participating at a programme to present awards to regional artistes held at the Cultural Theatre Hall in Vavuniya. “There is a conflict between the Executive and the Legislature. It is not constitutional. We have to resolve this. I have made a suggestion for it. There are other ways to do it. I will expand on this later. Unless we resolve this now, we do not know what will happen in the future,” he said. He said he had no intention to contest […]
3rd December 2018
Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) Leader and Parliamentarian Arumugam Thondaman today requested all plantation workers to join in an indefinite strike from tomorrow. He said this after a meeting with the senior management of plantation companies today. He said the employers did not agree with their request to increase their daily wages to Rs. 1000. MP Thondaman said they held a discussion with former Finance Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa earlier. During the discussion, the finance ministry had suggested providing loans with zero interests to workers. However, this proposal was also turned down by the Plantation companies. (Indika Sri Aravinda)
(Lanka e News -26.Nov.2018, 12.45PM) President Maithripala Sirisena, at a meeting with the Foreign Correspondents Association in Colombo has yet again tried to justify the illegal removal of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the 26th of October 2018 by saying, it was due to corruption and that a Presidential Commission of inquiry will be established to look into cases of corruption between Jan 2015 and Oct 2018. The government that operated during this period was in no way “A Ranil Wickremesinghe Government”. President Maithripala Sirisena who headed the National Unity Government was not only the Head of State but also the Head of Government. All decisions were made by a Cabinet chaired by the President. If there was corruption in the past 3 ½ years […]
The Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO), which is an ally of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), has resolved that any form of support given to the United National Party (UNP) to form a government should be based on a written agreement to address the issues concerning Tamils, a party official said yesterday. The TNA said last week that it would support the UNP to form a government, but without accepting any portfolio in that government. TELO is one of the four parties that form the TNA and has two MPs, Selvam Adaikkalanathan and K. Kotheeswaran, elected on their ticket. The Central Committee of TELO met in Vavuniya on Saturday to discuss the situation. It decided that the TNA should strike an agreement with the UNP […]
Interim order issued preventing Mahinda and Cabinet from functioning The Court of Appeal today issued an interim injunction order restraining Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Cabinet from functioning until the hearing of the Writ of Quo Warranto filed against them holding office is concluded. The court fixed dates from December 12 to proceed with the hearing of the petition while notice was also issued on the 49-member Cabinet including Prime Minister Rajapaksa to appear before the court on that date. Delivering its decision following a lengthy consideration process, the interim order was issued by a judge bench comprising of Court of Appeal President Justice Preethi Padman Surasena and Justice Arjuna Obeysekara. Accordingly, the court granted leave to proceed with the Quo Warranto petition and […]
ECONOMYNEXT – The Court of Appeal order restraining Mahinda Rajapaksa and his purported ministers of holding public office has effectively compounded problems for the political authority of President Maithripala Sirisena. This is what the writ issued against Rajapaksa and his disputed cabinet means on a day-to-day basis. 1) Mahinda Rajapaksa will NOT be able to exercise any authority as Prime Minister 2) The Prime Minister’s office at Flower Road will be out of bounds for Rajapaksa. 3) He cannot function as finance minister. 4) President Sirisena cannot hold any cabinet meetings with “Ministers’ appointed after October 26. 5) The disputed ministers will have NO authority, cannot go to their offices. 6) Disputed State ministers have NO authority, and cannot go to their offices.