Who really controls the UPFA nominations?

Who really controls the UPFA nominations?

The looming nomination deadline on July 13 has drawn attention to the power struggle within the UPFA coalition. On reading the UPFA constitution, I will show that President Sirisena’s power to singularly drive nominations is limited and that his control rests on his ability to negotiate with the executive committee of the UPFA. The UPFA […]……………… Read More

Ranil, et al paint greener picture for Lanka at UNP Convention

ranil5-436x337Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told the United National Party (UNP) yesterday their choice at the August 17 Parliamentary election was between their future and that of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s. He was addressing their packed annual convention at Campbell Park, which was an upbeat sea of green that didn’t mind when Mr Wickremesinghe arrived over an hour […]…………Read More

Stage set for political showdown

Nominations tomorrow for the August 17 parliamentary elections will see the emergence of two principal contenders in most districts — the United People’s Freedom Alliance and the United National Party.  That it would be a one-on-one battle became clear as the two sides concluded their nomination lists last night. A few have been handed over […]………………….  Read More

No more hand in hand

No more hand in hand

“My hands are tied,” seems to be what President Maithripala Sirisena indicates to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is deep in thought, when the duo sat at the same table during the Dilmah Red High-Tea Awards at Waters’ Edge recently. Pic by Ranjith Perera……………….. Read More