That Third Term

By Reeza Hameed – President Rajapaksa’s eligibility to seek a third term as President has become a contentious issue ever since former Chief Justice Sarath Silva declared several weeks ago that President Rajapaksa is legally barred from contesting a third time. Some commentators have challenged Sarath Silva’s views and Chinthaka Mendis was one of them (see Chinthaka Mendis, ‘Why Sarath Silva is wrong’, September 14, 2014, The Island). In my view, Sarath Silva is right in his assertion that President Rajapaksa is disqualified from bidding for a third term and…

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“Stop Squandering The People’s Mandate” Rajiva’s Party Tells Rajapaksa

The Liberal Party of Sri Lanka (LPSL) has expressed their concern at the rising momentum in the country on the possibility of a snap Presidential polls at the beginning of next year. LPSL General Secretary Kamal Nisanaka in the statement has noted that the President should hold office until the six year period of his term is completed without squandering the mandate given by the people. He has gone on to state that thereafter the government should seek to implement the constitutional reforms since there is rising acceptance by all…

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Mahinda Was Lying In Wait, I Was Waiting For The Opportune Moment: Ex-CJ Sarath Silva

Ex-Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva says he was waiting for the opportune moment to reveal PresidentRajapaksa‘s disqualification to contest for a third term as exposing it prematurely would have enabled the President to bypass the legal conundrum. Silva made these remarks during an interview with Newsfirst last night. He said President Rajapaksa implemented the 18th amendment upon being elected for a second term due to faulty legal advise that kept him in the dark concerning the constitutional barriers. “Rajapaksa is craftier than I thought he would be – he was…

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Boss won’t sack me – Sajin Vaas!

The controversial supervising MP of the external affairs ministry Sajin Vaas Gunawardena has told a wealthy Muslim businessman whom he meets frequently, “Don’t you be afraid. The boss will never sack me. Boss can’t do without me.” He was responding to a question by the Muslim businessman, who asked, “What trouble you are getting into, boss?” Explaining the incident, Sajin Vaas has told him that together with Kshenuka, he had been planning for a long time to expel Chris Nonis. Making use of his closeness to the president, Chris had…

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Minister Wimal Seeks To Abolish 13th Amendment!

Racist Minister and a close associate of President Mahinda Minister Weerawansa had met with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and extended his full support to the president in the next presidential elections provided he accepts his 12 proposal. It was widely reported in media that President Rajapaksa gave the green light to the 12 proposals presented by the National Freedom Front to the government. One of the 12 proposal is to abolish the 13th Amendment. Minister of Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities Wimal Weerawansa, has said that it is better to…

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Top Tiger arrested at BIA

Sri Lankan government who are opposed to European Union Court delisting the LTTE as a terrorist organisation wants to show that LTTE is alive and are suddenly started arresting LTTE Leaders. It is said that Sri Lankan army will arrest more innocent Tamils  in future to show that LTTE is active. A prominent member of the LTTE’s armed and intelligence wings, who had evaded arrest and rehabilitation after the war, was arrested by the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) on Saturday night (18), while attempting to…

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JHU to meet President with 8 resolution.

JHU will not support Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe at any election because he supports the 13th amendment of the country’s constitution which gives some rights to the minorities. JHU is opposed to giving equal rights to the minority of the country and wants them to live as second class citizens in the country. The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) today said its resolutions would be discussed with President Mahinda Rajapaksa with the objective of deciding whether to back him at a future Presidential Election. The JHU at its 11th Convention held on Sunday…

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Ranil Meeting Sri Lankan Diaspora

by Rajasingham Jayadevan   ( October 20, 2014, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) Campaign orchestrated by the wings of the Sri Lankan government against the Opposition Leader Ranil Wickramasinghe is clearly a calculated, diabolical and depraved drive of harassment to gain petty parochial mileage to overshadow the political setbacks experienced by the Rajapakse family. I write as one of those who had the opportunity to meet the Opposition Leader in London. I together with Tamils representing diverse Tamil polity excluding the LTTE met Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe and discussed wide ranging issues…

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WikiLeaks: Family-Run AirLine Manager Vass Links To Financial Impropriety

“The Government of Sri Lanka (GSL) is planning to launch a state-run airline aimed at providing low-cost travel for Sri Lankan migrant workers and tourists to the Middle East and India. The budget carrier, apparently conceived and advanced by close advisors to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, is to be called Mihin Lanka, after the President (short for Mihindu, which is the Pali name for Mahinda). The non-transparent way in which the President’s coterie has advanced the airline has elicited extensive controversy.” the US Embassy Colombo informed Washington. The Colombo Telegraph found the…

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Australian Govt Updated – Exercise a high degree of caution in Sri Lanka because of the unpredictable security environment

The Australian Government Friday updated its travel advisory on Sri Lanka. “We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Sri Lanka at this time because of the unpredictable security environment.” the travel advisory said. We publish below the advisory in full; This Advice was last issued on Friday, 17 October 2014.   This advice contains new information in the Summary and under Local travel (foreign passport holders now require approval to visit Northern Province). We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Sri Lanka at…

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We Are Ashamed Of The Current State Of The Country: Champika Ranawaka

UPFA coalition member party – Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) and government Minister Champika Ranawakahas said he is ashamed and angered about the present state of affairs in the country and of the multiple chances that were missed by the Rajapaksa regime to change the country’s governance system for the better. In an interview with the local mainstream Sinhala newspaper, Lankadeepa Ranawaka has pledged they have embarked on a journey to stand up and respond to those who deceived the masses, pointing out that despite the momentous people’s mandate which this…

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Sri Lanka to contest European Union’s delisting of LTTE

Sri Lanka to contest EU’s delisting of LTTE Colombo, Oct 19 (PTI) Sri Lanka will contest the decisionby a European Union Court to delist the LTTE as a terroristorganisation and will send an envoy to Strasbourg to lobby theEU against the order. Sri Lanka’s EU Ambassador Rodney Perera is to travel toStrasbourg tomorrow to attend the EU parliament’s plenary session and to mobilise two key committees, foreign affairs and security and defence. He will also lobby the European Council to challenge theCourt’s ruling. Last Thursday, the Court of Justice of…

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We have given up Eelam – Sampanthan Tna vs. MR

By Lakshmi Jayakody Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader, R. Sampanthan yesterday threw down a challenge to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, demanding for the latter to abolish the executive presidential system, claiming the TNA had given up the demand for Eelam. Speaking to our sister paper Mawbima, the TNA leader said his Party and all Tamil political leaders and the majority of the Tamil Diaspora had given up the concept of Eelam.  Sampanthan was responding to the demand made by the President in Kilinochchi last week, where the Head of State said,…

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No one wants an early presidential election, except the Rajapaksas.

By Tisaranee Gunasekara – “Heil myself Raise your hand There’s no greater Dictator in the land! Everything I do, I do for you!” Mel Brooks (Springtime for Hitler) No one wants an early presidential election, except the Rajapaksas. There is no national need or a popular clamour for an early election. The opposition is not demanding one. The SLFP and the UPFA are reportedly extremely unhappy about the prospect. But the Rajapaksas seem determined to hold a presidential election at the earliest possible constitutional time. Perhaps it is the stars.…

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