17th December 2018

President Sirisena Re-appoints Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister and then Tells him and UNP that in his Opinion Ranil Should Not Have Been Appointed Premier Again.

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President Sirisena Re-appoints Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister and then Tells him and UNP that in his Opinion Ranil Should Not Have Been Appointed Premier Again. President Maithripala Sirisena, yesterday, told newly appointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and other UNP MPs at a meeting at the Presidential Secretariat, that he was still of the view that Wickremesinghe should not have been appointed Prime Minister. A media statement issued by the President Secretariat, yesterday quoted President Sirisena as having said: “When I said that I would not appoint Wickremesinghe PM even if all 225 MPs supported him that was my personal opinion. That hasn’t changed. But as someone who respects parliamentary traditions and democracy I have decided to appoint him Prime Minister. Neither Parliament nor courts, to […]

Attempted extra-constitutional capture of political power by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on October 26th 2018 did not come upon us in a vacuum

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Attempted extra-constitutional capture of political power by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on October 26th 2018 did not come upon us in a vacuum By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene As former President Mahinda Rajapaksa ignominiously retreated following the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal delivering a richly deserved lesson on constitutional propriety to President Maithripala Sirisena, the nation faces sobering questions close to the dawn of a new year. Betrayal of the electoral compact Euphoria in preventing the President from tossing the Constitution into the waters of the Indian Ocean in front of his Secretariat on the advice of legal ‘experts’ who should be hanging their heads in shame, is understandable. But relapsing comfortably into complacency when the excitement subsides is not an option this time around. […]

Committee probing violence in Parliament inspects CCTV footage

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The committee appointed to probe the violent incidents that had taken place during the recent parliamentary sessions, is currently scrutinizing the CCTV footages of the Chamber, stated the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Ananda Kumarasiri. He said that the members of the committee have been paired up to inspect the CCTV footages separately. Accordingly, two members of the committee, Parliamentarians Bimal Rathnayake and Mavai S. Senathirajah will be scrutinizing CCTV footages tomorrow (18). More video footages pertaining to the tense situations in the Parliament would be obtained from private media companies, the Deputy Speaker Kumarasiri added. These video clips are slated to be inspected by a senior officer of Parliament and a special group of police personnel. The Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya appointed a committee to probe […]

MAHINDA PLAYING RACIST CARD AGAIN.

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Resigned Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that Ministers of the new regime had individually undertaken to monitor the affairs of each and every media institution in a bid to suppress media but the media had a responsibility to act without allowing the country being divided. “Each Minister is appointed to each newspaper for media control according to the information published recently. That is at the time of presenting 20th Amendment, That is their final decision. The media and we have a responsibility to prevent the country from being divided,” he said. Mahinda who came to power through the back door unconstitutionally with the help of president Maithiri on the 26th October and ruled Sri Lanka for 7 weeks even after several no confidence was passed in […]

US, EU, Australia welcome political developments in SL

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US, Australia welcome political developments in SL The United States and Australia have welcomed political developments in Sri Lanka. US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz welcomed this weekend’s political developments, which upheld Sri Lanka’s democratic and constitutional norms.  “Sri Lanka is a valued partner in the Indo-Pacific and we look forward to continuing to develop our relationship with the government and people of this country,” She tweeted. Meanwhile, Australian High Commission in Colombo said as a longstanding friend and Indian Ocean neighbour, Australia welcomed resolution of the political uncertainty in Sri Lanka by constitutional means. It said in a statement that as a longstanding friend and Indian Ocean neighbour, Australia welcomed resolution of the political uncertainty in Sri Lanka by constitutional means and the demonstrated resilience […]