YES? or NO? – The MAHINDA nomination saga

The MAHINDA nomination saga

z_fea800_0None of the heavyweights of the SLFP- including SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha and Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva – were present at the Medamulana rally, despite widespread speculation. When contacted by MPs of the Rajapaksa group, they said they were busy at the SLFP headquarters, finalising nominations. However, the low turnout of MPs for the Medamulana meeting came as a disappointment not only for the former President but also for his supporters…………………  READ MORE

CBK Strikes: President Agrees To “Review” Rajapaksa Nominations

16377840dbccafed5ae72a92391cdbf9_LAsian Mirror is now in a position to reveal that President Maithripala Sirisena has agreed to “review”  his decision on former President Mahinda Rajapaksa being given nomination to contest from the UPFA. 
 
The President has made this remark at a meeting held with former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga on July 05, highly placed SLFP sources said.  However, the same sources added that the President did not promise to desist from giving nominations to Rajapaksa. “He only promised to review the decision. The pendulum can still swing either way, ” they added.  
The decision has come under criticism from certain sections of the party as some of its MPS have already decided to contest from the UNP in protest of Rajapaksa’s nominations. ………………………………. READ MORE 

Sri Lanka polls timed ahead of U.N. war crimes report to foil Rajapaksa comeback

China catch me if you canSri Lanka’s August elections have been timed to stop a comeback by war-time president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who remarkably may see his popularity rise in coming months if criticized for war crimes in a U.N report, said government sources. Foreign diplomatic sources said some Western countries also worried the U.N. report could help Rajapaksa and urged Sirisena not to delay elections…………………….. READ MORE 

Some powerful nations against Mahinda

Dissanayake said that the countries which wanted Rajapaksa out of power had used President Maithripala Sirisena and those around him to achieve their goals. “These countries used Maithripala Sirisena, Rajitha Senaratne, Champika Ranawaka and others to remove Mahinda Rajapaksa from power in January,” he said.

The former Minister said that even Sri Lanka’s closest neighbor India had worked towards removing Mahinda Rajapaksa at the last Presidential election……………..  READ MORE